Sad Summer Day

In New York,
on a late
summer’s day,
death’s blanket
ashes, steel,
smoke, and fire
raining down.
Covering streets, cars,
innocent victims of
cowardice and jealousy.
Did God forget to protect them
in New York
on a late summer day?
I try not to cry
when I see the list of souls,
smiles wiped away,
lives blotted out.
Suddenly the whole world
seems as cold and dark
as the falling ashes
and twisted steel
that is New York
on a late
summer day.
In New York,
on a late
summer’s day,
in the park
where we played,
suddenly fears
of mugging,
or rape,
or normal city life
would be better,
than the fears and tears
and praying to a god
who forgot to
protect and guide us,
in New York
on a late
summer day.
In New York,
on a late
summer’s day,
I realize maybe
God didn’t forget us,
we forgot Him,
and I wonder,
I hope,
pray that no more
death comes
to New York,
on this late
summer day.


Louis Marin is a photographer, writer of an online blog and daily spiritual devotional as well as the author of five poetry anthologies that were available through PublishAmerica. Hia poems have been published in many magazines and online ‘zines, including, Terrorhouse Magazine, The Pangolin Review, The Quail Bell, Oddville, and Madness Muse, to name a few.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.