the day is canceled

 the day is canceled


by Janice Wood



people still turn on their tv’s at home

-at work we turn to the internet


i couldn’t get on the internet that morning,

after I heard.

-so I kept trying


i go to my “favorites”

-go to every news group,

the process is too slow for me to wait any longer


i try to remember obscure names of newspapers

around the country –not on my “favorites” list

one name works…

-a picture downloads slowly


-a picture on the front page verifies what i am hearing

one jet crashes into the world trade center.


people still turn on their tv’s at home

-at work we turn to the internet


suddenly, I remember the day Kennedy was shot

-i feel the same kind of nausea.

-i  feel the same kind of silence.


our science teacher stops class

to make the announcement about Kennedy

-we hear it, but can’t quite take it all in


she says, “go home, class”.


i walk down the blocks heading home

and the sky seems to be a hazy yellow-pink in my confusion


i reach home; I am the first one there.

i sink into a chair and turn on the tv


-the picture shows a second jet heading for the world trade center…


second tower is hit


I go into my bosses’ office

-she  is on the internet…


she says, “go home”


-I go home and turn on the tv


Response to one word: Nervous

via Daily Prompt: Nervous

Fear of some sort which can cause a paralysis. An inability to move forward, or away from the stimulus of fear, Maybe we all experience some sort of nervousness, several examples could be stage fright, fear of speaking up for oneself in a difficult situation, moving out of the way of a rampaging animal or a speeding vehicle.

Other types examples could involve fear of being alone, thinking badly of oneself, or involuntary movements like shaking uncontrollably.

Fear is something we all feel at some time or other, but does it define us? Maybe, yes for some, not for others; each of us quietly determines a solution, if we can find it. Some can; others cannot and might feel trapped. Revolving around in a kind of endless vortex.