Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi language), noun. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.
The metal beasts struggled and roared, seething and growling, smoke pouring from their snouts. The steel wire strained and snapped, not once, but three times. Finally, as the tethers seemed ready to burst again, they instead went slack, and a great rumbling billowed across the street.
A giant, roiling cloud of pink dust boiled up from the earth, hiding the horrible sight which surely lay behind its opaque darkness. A bizarre, dusty outline of the tower hung in the air for a few moments.
The sun rose over Bethlehem Lutheran one last time on August 2nd. I was there to witness the final demolition of the tower; I needed to see it, to witness it myself. I also realized I am not working hard enough to save the priceless treasures that St. Louis seems hellbent to throw away.
Note: It should be stressed the final decision to tear down the tower was made reluctantly; it turns out that the tower was not in fact structurally stable and unfortunately had to come down for the safety of the neighborhood. Why the church was allowed by its owner to deteriorate for over twenty years is a question for another time.