Tonight Rachel read passages from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in her reflections on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and how history, particularly personal, human history, remembers that day the the resulting changes in our lives.
If you’re not familiar with the poem, here it is:
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
BY WALT WHITMAN
Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!
Clouds of the west—sun there half an hour high—I see you also face to face.
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious you are to me!
On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose,
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.