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come friends, escape the gravity
of daily life; "come fly with me"

imagination writes the code
inspiration is the mode

our plans are made. the bills are paid
here, take my hand - 'be not afraid'

one thing is not yet revealed
today, that law has been repealed

we shall fly, and float, and soar
not heavy, grounded, anymore

in levitation full unbound
"come, fly with me" - how does that sound?

Old Blue Eyes sang in Vegas town
to Vegas girls in Vegas Gowns

now, it's true; we take control
"Come fly with me".  it's time... "let's roll!"


llp - [reposted] - sep2011 - dA  
in recognition of 9-11, ten years after.

originally written sep2007, posted jan2009.
now, retitled and rewritten - original deleted.

still, with thanks to Frank Sinatra.
[what might 'Old Blue Eyes' think of today's world?]

changed one word in the title,
and edited a few more words - 9/10/11

retitled and reposted 09/11/2018

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pip
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Shyll-j Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This morning we were talking about where we were when we got the news 
and how surreal it seemed at the time. I was extremely busy during the
initial hours and didn't take it all in until later. I remember crawling
in bed with my mate that night grateful my family was ok, and then sobbing against
his shoulder recalling the details of heroic deeds and horrific deaths.

In this life there are truly only a few things we can control----
I'd like to think my response to this sort 
of circumstance would be "It's time....let's roll!"

Very Well done my friend! 
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Tom Brokaw narrated a documentary on 9/11
from the point of view of the air traffic controller.
Having been one, it made me tear up quite
a bit when I watched it a couple of days ago.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwIYmB…

Thanks for what you said. :) pip

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CJ-Judd Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Student General Artist
I've put weight back on again,
I think flying might be a little difficult
right now, luckily the bus stop is
not far from my house.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Tom Brokaw narrated a documentary on 9/11
from the point of view of the air traffic controller.
Having been one, it made me tear up quite
a bit when I watched it a couple of days ago.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwIYmB…

Thanks for what you said. :) pip

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CJ-Judd Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Student General Artist
the collapse of building 7 convinced me beyond all doubt it was
an inside job. I've looked at many documentaries. Just goes to show
how the elite operate.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You might recognize the name, Robin Hordon, I worked
with him at the Boston Air Traffic Control Center, a good
controller, but a bit of a trouble maker. That was back in
the 70s, before we both, along with about 12,000 fellow
controllers, were fired [for life] in the 1981 PATCO struke.
Now he's bought into all of the 'conspiracies', and is very
active both on line and in public. Whether through intent
or incompetence, I think the Bush administration 'allowed'
911 to happen, and Cheney, Bushes 'puppet-master', led
him into declaring war on Saddam in Iraq. Of course, we
cannot be certain of anything.

We were all in a 'brotherhood', similar to cops and firemen.
I loved that career, 'the proud professionals'. :) pip
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CJ-Judd Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Student General Artist
As an observer far removed from the action, I fully swallowed the terrorist line, except for one hitch.
I have the habit of thinking and questioning things. Those were controlled demolitions. B 7 far removed from the
action was brought down in the bargain, and conveniently ignored. No memorials for B7. 

Recently a tower in London caught fire ... still standing.  In a professionally produced doc a series of skyscrapers
that caught fire were shown, none fell. And just what caused B7 to collapse in the same manner as the twins?

Better people than I have proven this fact, there is nothing I can contribute, except that I now know for sure
the real terrorists are in power still laughing their heads off. We are so helpless in these matters.

By the way, what's replaced B7? Do you know? 
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
After a quick look on google, there are dozens of 'expert'
opinions portrayed as facts, CJ. There was even one very
professional video opposing those explaining the building
engineering and effects of the weight above the fire zone -
this was from a few months immediately after the event.
Now, it's lost among all the garbage.

There may be one true explanation among the self-serving
chaff, but who's to know? However, the one major flaw I
see in all the conspiracy theories is the inability of large
groups of people to keep basically anything a secret for long
periods of time. There would be, I think. a niggling need to
blab about something this momentous. Plus, how do they
reliably eliminate the remaining forensic evidence?

I put at least part of the blame on Condoleezza Rice, Sec of 
State, for ignoring what came across her desk, especially
the [documented in a congressional investigation] CIA
report that Bin Laden has said there was a coming attack
involving planes against us. She did nothing, admitted that
fact under oath! Meanwhile the terrorists were here taking
flying lessons!

Condoleezza took the facts
and sat on them for forty weeks.
When she saw what she had done
she blamed it all on 42, alone.

[42 being Pres Clinton]
Well, he *was* a naughty man.

I can't say you're wrong, CJ, but calling theories "proven facts"
is too big a reach for me.

Though I've lived within a day's drive of NYC for most of my life,
I've never visited there. Replacement for 7? Don't know. :) pip
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CJ-Judd Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student General Artist
If we ever meet Pip there will not be a single minute of silence LOL
I don't know matey, I just feel so helpless and useless in this crazy world
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Just keep paying attention, CJ,
and stating your opinion. :nod: pip
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018   Writer
Now it's 17 years later. Much has changed, but I believe an innate heroism remains in many of us. Thanks for the reminder. :heart:
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Tom Brokaw narrated a documentary on 9/11
from the point of view of the air traffic controller.
Having been one, it made me tear up quite
a bit when I watched it a couple of days ago.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwIYmB…

Thanks for what you said. :) pip

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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018   Writer
Just watched that documentary, thank you.
For everything. Yes, it's hard. :heart:Wotcher
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
This didn't bring to mind 9/11 for me, until the very end, even though I'd read it before tonight. That saying is forever intwined now with that day and yet, I couldn't help, reading this, think instead of the greatly anticipated "Pan Am" which played last night. Up until the very last line, for me, this embodied that image of adventure and wild abandon that airplanes meant in the late 50s, early 60s -- and especially for women. It made me want to erase that last line, take it back. Which, you know. Is kind'a how everyone felt, I'm sure, when the first pictures started rolling in that morning.

Anyway. Weird timing, good imagery, I think I'll keep this one in my 'special' box.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thank you, Kari, for thinking it 'special'.

did you watch the whole 'pan am' episode?
i quit after a few minutes, it seeming
like a cheap 'mad men' knock off. what
did you think?

also, yesterday: the maiden flight of
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. sometimes,
i still miss my air traffic controller
days. we were PATCO - 'the proud
professionals'. my card's in my wallet.

oh well, i'll only work another year or two.

:shrug:pip
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I did. It's not Mad Men; the writing's not refined enough. But they've made one of the girls a spy, and that ought to be good for some laughs.

I remember wanting to BE a flight attendant when I was a little girl. How weird is that?

And re/the other note:

Deadwood is one of my favorite shows of all time. The language, dirty and gritty and full of cussing as it is...is absolutely glorious! Sheer fuckin' poetry, that mix of proper victorian backwards-and-sideways say what you mean through a dazzle of glitter and compliment combined with the sheer intent to separate from that very society. It's delicious. I don't even care what they're talking about, I just want to hear them turn their phrases. The fact that it was a fantastic story about (oh, dear! Here's a surprise!) the place where I was born?

well, that's just a bonus!
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Al Swearengen - definitely Shakespearean.
i loved his soliloquies to the chief's
severed head. [alas poor Yoric]

no, Kari, i've not read any Shakespeare,
but know 'of' it enough to quote a bit.

what a hoot it was to hear my ex-wife,
a 'lady', addicted to "Deadwood", refer
to her asshole neighbors as "fuckin
cocksuckers". she was really into
Calamity Jane there for a while. :rofl:
she got over it - cold turkey.

a shame that too many of our country-
men/women were not 'safistakaitid enuf'
for it to be considered viable.

:shrug:
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
You have given the piece a gentle, haunting quality, containing enormity within the compass of a crooner's song.

Artfully done, Pip.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thank you. thank you for understanding, Alec.

i have begun to think that i need to
explain in 'remarks', what i've all
along thought should be obvious.

maybe it's yours and my age group?

to tell the truth, i'm a bit envious
of the passengers on that flight - to
be given the opportunity to die in a
heroic act, and thus live on in the
memories of an appreciative nation.

they probably died without doubt in
their minds. it was a necessity.

;)_pip
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Magnificent futility!

I can imagine that people in such an extremity experience a sort of trance state ....
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...or the opposite, Alec?

...to experience the event as
fully as possible, with focus
and heightened awareness?

to be in that 'zone' of 'see all',
once you've been there, you know
what we are capable of.

;)
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Indeed
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almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Writer
So many ways to respond to 9-11; playfully would not have occurred to me. :)
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
[i was hoping], not 'playful', Al,
but more like i replied to Rosie,
above:

"well, it Is a tribute to the UA93 heros,
but also meant to give a positive emotional
aspect to their final commitment - kind of
like, "lets go out with a flourish",
epitomized in the final call, "lets roll".

we all should hope we might do the same,
if we were in that situation."

to me, they are heroes, released from
this earthly life, their spirits to go
where the quantum might take them, or
to simply 'wink out' in a flash of
brilliance.

i believe "the universe does bend
toward justice", logically, in the
nonzero aspect of its course.

:)pip
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almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Writer
Playful may not be the right word, but the language itself did seem so.

Heroes indeed. And in my vision of the next world, heroes that may likely guiding the terrorists away from their error. I doubt that God, the universe, All That Is, whatever, has any use for punishment and retribution; talk about casting God in our own image!

Still, as with you, I also believe "the universe does bend toward justice". Often hard for us to see this with our temporal and cognitive limitations.

Al
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional Writer
Blanket agreement! Must be on some kind of roll here. You're spoiling me. :lol:
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
the blanket only covers
your last point, Al.
it's a small blanket.

though semantics and nuances
still separate us by bits
here and there, clarification
will have to wait due to my
"temporal" constraints.

:)pip
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almcdermid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Writer
I'll take it on the last point; as for the rest (and this will probably sound like something Kierkegaard would have written), I know the difference between what I can know and what I believe. That bit in the middle is for me a pleasing scenario that helps me make sense of the world. Do I believe it's true? Certainly (who willingly believes falsely; I doubt we're even capable of that). Do I know it's true in the same way I know that gravity is mathematical constant? Of course not. Beyond that, as I wrote elsewhere, I'm just happy to meet and interact with those who are facing the same general direction.

At the same time, I enjoy discussing the details. =P
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
have you been reading my mind, Al? :O
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leyghan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The rhyming scheme is natural and flows effortless, I think. There's a bit of a melancholy feel to this but it also has a strong message of hope. Never forget... to live!
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
well, it Is a tribute to the UA93 heros,
but also meant to give a positive emotional
aspect to their final commitment - kind of
like, "lets go out with a flourish",
epitomized in the final call, "lets roll".

we all should hope we might do the same,
if we were in that situation.

:hug:
pip
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leyghan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah. I just read Wotcher's comment about you incorporating the final words of a passenger on that flight and it made the poem even more poignant - hit me right where it should. Excellent tribute. :hug:
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
and for all the younger folk - [link]
compliments of 'Old Blue Eyes'.

:)pip
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Old link 'timed out' I guess...
New link - www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmQq6y… :) pip
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Writer
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Well done. Good images and ll build-up to those final words spoken by a passenger on 93, now free.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks, Wotcher.

i'm a bit nonplussed over
the lack of response to
this poem. what's lacking?

:shrug:pip
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011   Writer
I actually read one CV [whatever the 'powers that be' are called now] write beneath a DLD-winning poem "..normally I don't like poetry that rhymes.." which I must say, kinda shocked me.
I know some club officials wrote the same thing about poetry I used to try to submit to a few...but for a 'leader in the literature community' to write that like it's an 'end-all, be-all' is very unfair, in my humble opinion. I have found that deviantART is not at all above such petty things. 'Tis a real pity.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
no, i wasn't looking for an award.
i just figured it would get more
of a 9/11 response.

it's probably a combination of not
knowing anything about Sinatra songs
and not recognizing the "lets roll"
quote. the majority of people, even
here on dA it seems, are culturally
unaware and ill informed.

no biggy, Wotcher, just me being a
little disappointed in my fellow
humans.

the only way to 'get' rhyming
poetry, is probably to read it
aloud, taking the time to find
the rhythm. actually, that's
true with any poetry, i think,
but more so with my kind, and
it may be harder to carve nice
images into 'my kind'.

that's ok. i have my little
following.

:hug:pip
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   Writer
i didn't think you were
after an award at all.

i only wrote that as an
example of whatever-i-meant.

you're probably right about
many folks here being
unaware of the "let's roll"
quote, which is pretty
sad and disheartening.

but even putting that aside,
i wish more people did
read poetry aloud to know
the full flavor of it.

i had to do that to even
try to write any poetry
ever, no longer something
i'll try again [i think].

still, you DO have your
"little following."

:heart: Wotcher
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
sigh - humans have evolved to be as 'we' are.
where-as you and i, Wotcher, and the small
percentage similar to us, have evolved to be,
[maybe], the visionaries. are we delusional,
in our own way, or part of the 'non' in the
nonzero evolution of the universe?

in our quest for truth, do we need to question,
constantly, our own motivations?

:shrug:pip
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Writer
I question myself a lot,
though often the questions
are about things
I simply don't understand
about me, and/or the world
as I see it around me.

I really can't say if
anyone else "needs" to that,
though I think "truth" can
be very elusive and
questing is often
needed to try to find it.
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alapip Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
probably, i question myself more than is normal or
advisable, but we do what our histories make us do.
we try to look at ourselves through the eyes of others.
it's very important to me to appear considerate, fair
and all the other ways a good person is expected to be,
but every participant's or observer's perception is
variable both within themselves, and from the others.

we're fine until we violate the sensibilities of some
person in a sensitive mood. there's always the chance
of being sabotaged by circumstance.

we muddle - at least i do, not all the time, or even
nearly all the time, but often enough to bother me.

i think, when it comes to coping with each other,
there is no 'truth', only competing perceptions.

life...

:)pip
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