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Gathering in the Aftermath
by Lisa DeSiro
I took the bus across the river
to meet my friends for dinner.
Chatted with a young singer
on her way to opera rehearsal.
Chatted with a young MIT student
on his way to Symphony Hall.
Newbury Street full of pedestrians,
like a typical evening in early spring.
I dodged my way through…
At 2:50 p.m., what sounds like a cannon blast tears into the air fewer than 50 yards to my left. My mother, aunt and I see a cloud of smoke fill the sky. I focus on the steeple of beautiful Old South Church, barely visible behind the smoke, a landmark I pass every day on my way to work. My immediate thought: A cannon must be part of the festivities…
As everyone is at the Boston Marathon, I felt surrounded by the beautiful spirit of support and solidarity. My roommate, who had been training for months, was about 15 minutes from the finish line and all I could think of was how amazing it would be to see him run by.
When I heard the first explosion it shook the ground, but I thought it was…
We were in the Hancock building working. The first blast shook the building, it felt like something happened at the base of the building. I immediately looked out my office window and saw people running. Then we felt a smaller blast, and saw thousands of people start running towards the building. We watched the chaos unfold from our office,…
My wife and I were having lunch with 3 friends at Le'Espalier on Boylston St. (in/connected to the Mandarin Hotel) when all of a sudden we heard an incredibly loud 'BOOM'. Immediately, everyone in the restaurant went silent as people looked around anxiously, starting to stand up, realizing that what we'd just heard was in no way possible an…