Background Information: In late August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devestated New Orleans and many other places on the Gulf Coast. Many lost their homes, and thousands are probably dead. New Orleans is in chaos and authorities are struggling to bring order and safety.
This might be the most powerful thing I've ever written. I started thinking about what it might be like to be in New Orleans right now, trying to simply survive from minute to minute in a world gone mad. I tried as best I could to put myself in that frame of mind and write from the perspective of someone who has lost it all and is in danger of losing what little he or she (I think I wrote from the perspective of a woman) has left.
I don't think I'm going to title this. I'll just let it speak for itself.
I'm all wet
I'm burning up
I constantly feel like throwing up
Where are my children?
What happened to my dog?
I'm so damn hungry
I'm asking you why, God
This water reeks
I'm so thirsty, so tired
What's going to happen to me?
Why is that building on fire?
Where are the buses?
I've got to get out of here
Are we going to get help?
Are we doomed to die in fear?
I think I see a store
Maybe there's something to eat
Maybe there's some socks
So I can warm my aching feet
Hey, I took that first!
I haven't eaten in days
"You want some sympathy?
Go find all the gays"
Put down that gun, mister
Put it down now
If you want to survive
I'll help show you how
Why me? Why here?
I'm just trying to live
I've lost everything I know
I have nothing left to give
He shot me
He did it
Pure animals, they are
That hurricane destroyed my city
A city forever scarred
In the blink of an eye
I saw the truth of humanity
One minute, civility
The next minute, insanity
posted by:Russ at 1:25 PM |
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I wanted to write a poem today about the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina situation. If you're reading this five years from now and have no clue what I'm talking about, Hurricane Katrina was a level 5 storm that covered New Orleans, Biloxi Miss. and many other areas in fierce winds and a LOT of water. This happened the weekend of August 27-30 2005, and it's one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
I've been seriously slacking on the poetry writing, so this gave me an opportunity to get creative and put my feelings into words. Here is my Hurricane Katrina poem:
How does it feel when you've lost it all?
Home is where your heart is after the storm
Your street address means nothing now
How does it feel when the water takes your life?
Everything you own washing away in the wet, howling wind
How does it feel to be a wanderer?
Two days ago you sat in the office
Two days ago your life had security
The office is flooded
Except the certainty of what used to be your house
Washing away in a million pieces
Your wedding pictures
Junior's MVP trophy
How does it feel to be scared?
Scared of what the future will bring
How does it feel to start over completely?
Some things in life you cannot control
What you can control is what you do in the face of the storm
Perhaps you got out in the nick of time
You're the lucky one, you have an anchor to drop
Perhaps you stayed, perhaps you couldn't leave
You saw it all happen and cried to heaven above
Now you're lost in a sea of anger and frustration
A sea that has changed your life forever
Whoever you are
Wherever you are
Whatever happened to your loved ones, your life
You can do it
You can survive
It will be hard, it will take time
It will take more time than you think you can give
Try as hard as you can, pick yourself up
Dust yourself off
Take that first step toward happiness
Hammer that first nail
Take one look back, then face the future
Face it with determination and strength
You'll live another day, you'll breathe another breath
You'll do what you must
I know you can do it
I know you can
posted by:Russ at 4:10 PM |
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Apologizes to those few who have left comments on this poetry blog in the past, but I have enabled the Blogger system comments, replacing the old Enetation comments. I don't know which posts before this one will allow comments, but feel free to add comments to any previous posting. Or you could just add your comments to this post, telling me what date and poem you're referring to. I like the Blogger comment system better than Enetations, and finally got around to changing it on this blog.
posted by:Russ at 4:42 PM |
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I've had enough of the silence. It is time once again for me to allow my creativity to shine. I KNOW I can do at least one poem a week, if not more. And I shall. Here's one I wrote after a pleasant afternoon stroll.
Blue all around
Blue to shine through your soul
Not a whisper of white polluting the scene
Sunshine warming you to the core
Dry and wet all come at once
Gentle breeze brings the relief
Just enough to temper the warmth
Like a brief touch of melting ice upon your hot skin
Cool and hot all come at once
posted by:Russ at 4:16 PM |
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Random Poetry #2
The site I clicked on: www.youngna.com
The word I highlighted: see
Just a disclaimer: this poem isn't about anyone in particular, or at all. I just wrote what sounded good and it's more from the perspective of a character than anything else.
See what you get when you fake it?
You're only fooling yourself
Your expiration date has passed
I'm putting you back on the shelf
You've wound me tight as a rubber band
Watch me snap in your face
See what you get when you play me like that?
My name for you is Disgrace
See what you get when I just stop caring?
I'm leaving you out in the dust
You may find my heart, my mind, my sympathy
But you'll get no more of my trust
posted by:Russ at 7:52 PM |
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Random Poetry #1
The site I clicked on: www.collegehumor.com
The word I highlighted: day
Days of wisdom, strength and light
Turn to cold, seductive night
When darkness comes you lose your sight
Let life's hope be your guiding light
Days of sea, storm and rain
Turn to years without your pain
Take one step out, see what you gain
Your day of light will come again
posted by:Russ at 7:51 PM |
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Random Poetry Explanation
Today I started a new way (at least for me) to write poetry. What I do is I click on a random site on my blog, or anywhere really, and then randomly highlight a word with my mouse. I usually have my eyes closed to make it totally random, and I try to just highlight ONE word. If I end up highlighting only a portion of a word, which is how it seems to work most of the time, that's the word I choose.
After I've got a word, I use that word to write a poem. It could be a theme for a poem, or the start of the first line. The point is for me to use that word to start the creative process. I think it's fun and challenging, and it might get me to write more!
I'm going to post the first two poems I've done today, right above this post.
posted by:Russ at 7:49 PM |
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