9/11. The alphabet of the Sandias
shatters in World Trade Center window glass
on CNN. Jet streams scar
the Rio Rancho sky,
with high tide inevitable
back east. My father drives
his bus on the other side of Manhattan.
My worries jump out
the smoldering floor
of the first tower.
I call his cell phone again:
dial tones engulf my living room.
Joey Nicoletti is the author of Borrowed Dust (Finishing Line Press) and Cannoli Gangster (Turning Point Books, 2012). A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol, Joey currently teaches creative writing and literature at Niagara University.