Hellicane: Poets Respond to Hurricane Katrina

Eric published an article\r\na prophecy of sorts, with the vision of a fishbowl place\r\nIn peril and sinking. Thousands to be lost,\r\npumps to be overwhelmed and\r\nland to be quelched by overtopping waves.\r\n\r\nPreacher preached a message. About heeding the warnings\r\nGod gives us\r\nYou can\'t put a city\r\nnext to the sea\r\nbelow sea level.\r\nand not think something will be\r\n\r\nZarina saw the sights\r\nKids at the aunts, a trip to the south where black men were plentiful\r\nand houses were built on stilts\r\n\r\nFamily man told the tale\r\nhow he and his children got out\r\npast floods and sludge and anything uncanny\r\n\"I aint going back, this place a fishbowl\"\r\n(and government got a fishbowl mentality)\r\n\r\nJimmy played the bass\r\nThe place of Jazz\'s birth\r\nHot humid nights under the club-smoke filled scene\r\nas he thumbed the beat\r\nyears before it all went down\r\n\r\nJohn Doe water engineer sat thinking\r\nwith a gun to his temple\r\n\"why you want to try to take your life\r\nMr. agency guy?\"\r\n(Cause I got the blood of 1100 on my hands).\r\nAnd i had fishbowl mentality\r\n\r\nGeorgie said a prayer\r\nas a chief in command should\r\na good heart with bad choices\r\nto fight a war, or build the coast?\r\nunwittingly in a fishbowl of red tape\r\n\r\n`The Joneses family bought house\r\nafter hassles with government and a foreign place\r\nthey called home\r\nNo more ice cream trucks\r\non Humanity\r\nand the wonder of coming back soon\r\n\r\nI wrote a story\r\nof a place I\'d never seen\r\nof streets I\'d never walked and an aura\r\nI never breathed\r\nof a city I\'ve never lived\r\nbut hope to see\r\nrebuild, reborn\r\nclean\r\nwithout\r\nthe fishbowl mentality\r\n



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