Champion Surfer

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Inspired by a Channel 4 Documentary, Champion Surfer uses the story of Pasquale Buzzelli, a 9/11 survivor, to explore the profanity of the event and how the human can be so frail, yet so strong.

Submitted: November 28, 2013

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Submitted: November 28, 2013



I am surfing, surfing the wave of

Alienation and profanity

Waiting, just waiting for the end


Along with my compatriots

We seek their inner morality

In search of a discovery


And so that leaves me here,

Hurtling down this concrete wave

The picture no longer intact


The skeletal steel twirling, twirling out of control

The liquorice all sorts tin defecated on this barren desert

I am waiting, still waiting,



As everything around me hurtles towards the ground,

I look and pray, at one

Curled up like a hedgehog in the corner of an air pocket


Still waiting…… waiting


And yet it seizes to end.

The tsunami continues.

Me, an ordinary person,


In the thick of this nightmare.

Others have fallen at an early stage

But I am still surfing


My board cutting through the wave like a shark’s fin

I am still balancing on the rim,

Of victory or death.


 A stark halt and blackness.

Tucked up in a blanket of dust and debris,

But I have won the competition

On the mound,


I am the champion surfer.









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