Tuesday, September 12, 2006


9/11 12:50-1:40 Arlington National Cemetery. Visitors’ upper level parking lot.

I rocked the bell steadily from side to side for 50 minutes, ringing it nearly 2000 times. It was deserted in the parking lot, quiet and grey. In the background was the soft stream of traffic punctuated on two occasions by the muffled boom of cannons firing in the distance.

1 comment:

jenny said...

that is very beautiful. i wish i had been there. it was so hard to know exactly what to do on september 11th, besides feel sad and upset and filled with memories of that day and of all the time since.....now i can imagine you in a the cemetary ringing the bell - did you know that in medieval england they rang bells whenever anyone died? there's a great book, the doomsday book by connie willis, filled with bells. it'sout of print, but when you find a secondhand bookstore, get it. there's some pattern about how to ring for a woman, for a man....