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RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
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"TRAGEDY OF EGYPTAIR FLIGHT 990"
Written by Marion Mac McAnear


Mitch's note: "Poems are not all created out of 'blue sky',
or out of a wandering mind, with nothing better to do....
for the following is TRUE,
an actual disaster to Egyptair Flight 990"
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Mac's own words follow:
"Friends Who Are Missing" are Dave and Betty Vanbuskirk.
We got together with them socially for 30 years.
We were very close.
The day we were having a brunch at Gaetano's in El Cajon,
they were on their way to Egypt.
That was October 31, 1999. Halloween! Quite a "Trick"!
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"Helga (my wife) and I were close friends
with David and Betty Vanbuskirk,
who were onboard Flight 990
which plunged in the sea on Halloween, October 31, 1999.

At a memorial service a month or so afterward,
I read my poems:"
* * *

ITíS OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE MISSING

We met from time to time
Laughed and embraced
Talked about the kids and ailments
How lifeís so fast-paced.

Never dreamed that one day
Thereíd be an abrupt end
We still meet, the rest of us,
But futile to wait for our friends.

They wonít be coming any more
Went down at sea out of sight
Suddenly, without any warning at all
Happened in the middle of the night.

We didnít get to say good-bye
No frantic hugging and kissing
The rest of the world surely heard the news
But itís our friends who are missing!

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LAMBS OF THE SKY
Is it possible we are mistaken
That this bitter news be of someone else
Who plummeted in the sea
While others under illusion

That friends arrived safe
For fun-filled days along Egypt's Nile?

Or is this nightmare ours?

Among the millions who trust in ingenious flight
And streak through skies whether dark or bright

They, the designated sufferers,
Bring perspective to man's presence,

Blood payment for his existence on Mother Earth.

We salute you in all solemnity!

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IN MEMORIAM
THE 2nd ANNIVERSARY

Inure yourself to the things we canít explain.
The rest we can rationalize.

Two years afterward to the day
An earthquake jolt in Southern California

Enough to remind us at that hour
In the dark, rushing at flight speed through the sky,

A madman sent screaming to the ocean below
A giant plane with its precious cargo.

Theories emerge to explain what happened
Scientific data to make sense of a demented act.

Adult reason tells us to take hold,
Be of great courage in facing the abyss of such tragedy.
Itís easier in the company of a friend.

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Mac McAnear - Author
Mac McAnear
"Poet - Author"

Copyright © 2000-2001 Mac McAnear Inc. All rights reserved.

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