Editor’s Note: The essay below was written in 2001 and appears in the self-published book, Through Our Eyes: A Tapestry of Words and Images in Response to September 11. Printed and distributed in 2002, the book was the result of an independent, volunteer documentary project organized by a journalist and several friends. The author’s bio was written in 2002 and has not been updated.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lauren Alexis Molina, 20, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and today lives in Ann Arbor, where she studies musical theatre at the University of Michigan. Her passions include singing, dancing and acting. Lauren was in bed when terrorists struck America Sept. 11. As she started to get ready for class, her roommate received a call from her boyfriend telling her to turn on the television. Lauren wrote her poem, titled “Waiting,” on Sept. 13.
what are we waiting for?
for the world to crumble down,
crushing us into powdered disease
screaming louder than sound.
for the sky to fall
the ground to crack, bubbling up
burning beneath and numbing all senses.
waiting for …