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Sunday, July 04, 2021


by George Salamon

As a tribute to the first responders, victims and families of those missing in the partial condo collapse, Miami Beach announced Thursday it will replace its originally planned fireworks celebration with a moment for residents to “shine a light in a symbolic gesture of unity,” according to a city press release. ... Miami Beach residents will have the option to mark Independence Day in a way that may feel more reflective of the ongoing tragedy and families’ grief and hope. —Miami Herald, July 2, 2021

Digging into the smoldering
ruins, looking for lost people,
their ashes have drifted into
the crushing water by now,
the rescuers are seeking
shadows, do their souls
enter the spirit of our
language, will we hear
them inside any thought
we utter?

George Salamon survives in St. Louis, MO and contributes to The Asses of Parnassus, Dissident Voice, and The New Verse News.