People Are Jumping Out Of Windows

I remember the second plane hitting and the towers falling.  I remember people running out of the city, the mass exodus across the Brooklyn Bridge, citizens coated in thick layers of dust and dirt and grime.  I remember smoke and fear and sorrow and shock.  What I remember most clearly, though, the first thing I ever think of when I hear “September 11” is people jumping out of windows.  I remember the horror of watching people just like me, taking a hopeless situation into their own helpless hands and jumping, falling, clothes and limbs flailing about as they plummeted to earth and eternity.  This is my clearest memory of that day.

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6 thoughts on “People Are Jumping Out Of Windows

  1. Powerful, Bree. Your comment on this piece is particularly moving because of it’s simplicity and starkness.

  2. Oh gosh, I wrote “it’s” instead of “its.” There is no way to edit these things after you hit post! It’s driving me nuts.

  3. I also remember the horror of people jumping. I can’t even imagine the pain and suffering they must have been going through, to even think of jumping. These were people with a mother, father, a wife, husband and kids, that decided death by jumping, because of the pain, was worth losing everything they love. I hope to never see another day or event like this one, but I hope no one ever forgets what was lost that day and others like it around the world in the past.
    God Bless!

  4. lesliepaints says:

    Incredible feeling must have been put into this piece, Bree. I love it. Rather than thinking of them plummeting to their death, in this piece. I see the beauty of souls rising from the dust and going home. Very strong, vivid and fitting for what happened that day.

  5. Agatha says:

    I dont know wether it was you or another woman on TV saying that very sentence “people are jumping out of the windows ” I write from Spain and I speak spanish but that sentence really shocked me. Then i realised it was no fiction. Horrible thing.

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