This is how the poem is intended to appear. Here’s how WP screws it up…


Never forgotten

The day America’s tears

fell in torrents

into rivers of raw fear

and flooded the tributaries

of unfathomable grief

until they converged

into an ocean of anger

with undercurrents circling

around hidden reefs

of rage and retribution

time weathered

water worn

yet… never forgotten.

BearStarfire McQuinn

c. 2021, McQuinn


wc: 47

Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here. This week’s photo has been graciously donated by: Penny Gadd.

Author’s Note: The poem reflects where my heart is this week. Already, the 9-11 tributes are rolling in. I’ve unplugged the television, and limited my online presence and will do so probably for the rest of the month. As much as I don’t want to be reminded, I will NEVER forget… nor should anyone. Our nation has suffered a tremendous loss, but we are a strong people who can navigate our little boats amid the torrents if we choose to do so. Find what brings you joy this week, and cling to it.

Shalom, Bear

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21 thoughts on “Tributary”

  1. In the midst of raging emotions caused by embarrassing failure and shameful decisions. Now there I’ve gone and done it! Added more to your distress even with this comment. And you are right about WP. I hate what they do to poetry!


      1. If you compose in word or another text processor, you need to take the paragraph marks (enter) out first and replace them with a line feed (shift-enter). Then copy paste that into one single paragraph block. You can make sure to have that one block if you just type a few random letters, then mark them and replace them with the text.
        Wordpress understands each ‘enter’ as the beginning of a new block.
        The alternative would be to use the verse block.
        And the poem is great.

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      2. I know. I meant the screen reader that reads out text for visually impaired users. But I don’t want to hijack your post, just wanting to help. (You could also use the classic block btw., that behaves like the old version).

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  2. I don’t think anyone who witnessed the towers falling will ever really forget or be unchanged by it. Your poem conveys so many of the emotions felt, then and now. I will probably reblog my 10 years on post. So much and so little has changed.

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    1. Thanks. I wrote several poems back then… but I don’t want to share them. This one just came to me as I was driving hubby to work.


    1. Thanks, Rochelle. I wrote some poems back after it happened. For months that was all I could do. Not sure I want to share them. But this just happened… you know how it sometimes just flows out so easily. Shalom, Bear


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