Two Sisters


Hellicane: Poets Respond to Hurricane Katrina

[In honor of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.]\r\n\r\nTwo sisters stood upon the shore\r\nTheir lives still and carefree\r\nEach held sheer blessings to adore\r\nBeside the placid sea\r\n\r\nThey lived a normal coastal life\r\nAnd shared their joys at length\r\nUntil a wretched wrath of strife\r\nArrived to test their strength\r\n\r\nOne August morn, a violent gale\r\nAppeared upon the sand\r\nWith utter force, no one could scale\r\nThe magnitude at hand\r\n\r\nWhen night befell, it looked as though\r\nThe sisters weathered fine\r\nBut come the dawn, fate would bestow\r\nA firm and swift decline\r\n\r\nBoth sisters had been bruised and crushed\r\nAs wind and turmoil raged\r\nBut soon, one sibling\'s life was hushed\r\nWhen floodwaters upstaged\r\n\r\nSubmerging her amid the flow\r\nOf tragedy and grief\r\nLeft by a certain coastal foe\r\nThat offered no relief\r\n\r\nThe sisters, once still and carefree\r\nPersist upon the shore\r\nAs pillars for the world to see\r\nMuch stronger than before\r\n\r\nNew Orleans and Biloxi: kin\r\nWhose lives serve to sustain\r\nAlthough Katrina marred their skin\r\nIn one, late August rain\r\n\r\n\r\n



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