A bloody deed –

The day this line comes up in my writing practice, it is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It feels apt. That was an extraordinary bloody deed – though blood, somehow, wasn’t the dominant image. Destruction on that scale becomes less about blood and more about fire and ash.
There was blood, certainly.
And so much blood was volunteered that the Red Cross let us know they didn’t need anymore.
There was a surplus of blood
A surplus of blood offered to help
There was more blood on the constructive side
Than on the destructive side –
Which really does help with the feeling of horror – to know that while humans can do terrible things like fly planes into buildings, they can also turn up en masse to give literally of themselves.
It helps to know that so many people wanted to help that they had to be asked to stop.


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