Katrina Took Its Toll


Hellicane: Poets Respond to Hurricane Katrina

The tears they flowed like the rain as the TV began to show\r\nThe devastation and the havoc of the world that you once did know\r\n\r\nThe waters covering your cities and taking the ones you love\r\nThe cries in anger went out to the one above\r\n\r\nThe shadows and the darkness that swept in the sea\r\nThe underlurking thoughts and the definite misery\r\n\r\nSo many thought they could make it and they took a chance\r\nOthers didn\'t want to but now lay aside without a second glance\r\n\r\nSome were spared while others lay afloat\r\nSome were scared and others they did boast\r\n\r\nThe anger overwhelmed me as I saw the statement our leader made\r\nOf how he came back early from a vacation our people surely paid\r\n\r\nHow can he be so bold to say such, when all those tears are being shed\r\nHow could he be so bold when, because he delayed, so many now are dead\r\n\r\nThe photos struck me just like a brick\r\nHere I was safe at home feeling guilty and sick\r\n\r\nI wanted to help them and save them from their misery\r\nBut I had no way and with our leaders grew so angry\r\n\r\nI saw a woman on the news with a baby in her arms\r\nCrying out for help because he was too warm\r\n\r\nHe couldn\'t wake from his sleep, and in me I just died\r\nI wanted so much to help them but only cried\r\n\r\nThis storm it took so many, and for them and their loved ones I feel so\r\nmuch pain\r\nBut, I know I can\'t even begin to imagine what they must have felt was\r\nin vain\r\n\r\nI gave what I could and started a group to reunite\r\nBut sadly some passed through that day in its darkened light\r\n\r\nI wanted to say something beautiful to touch each and every soul\r\nBut I find it so hard when you have taken such a toll\r\n\r\nI wish you peace and comfort as you start anew\r\nPlease know I am thinking daily of every one of you\r\n\r\nIn your sorrows know I too shed my tear\r\nFor those you lost and held oh so dear



Davina Prill, “Katrina Took Its Toll,” Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, accessed December 14, 2019, http://hurricanearchive.org/items/show/26260.