Ode to New Orleans ... for the people!

Ode to New Orleans ... for the people!

A Poem by Chloe..Across the Universe
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Seven years ago-Katrina .. what more need I say? For The People who suffered and still suffer from the devastation of Katrina!

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The world through the eyes of a child
I don't remember being a child 
I wonder about these children
The ones who are no longer sleeping in their beds
now they are sleeping on mats or cots in a strange place
many strangers surrounding them 
what do they feel?

The world through the eyes of a Mother
Her home gone her kitchen she loved so much
where she cooked her family their favorite meals shrimp gumbo
red beans and rice and iced tea always fresh in the refrigerator
the refrigerator that is now floating amongst bodies ravaged by the poison waters

Her child, where is her child?
She saw her child rescued by a man in camos
now she can't find her
She knows her child well
she knows her child is sick with fright
the tired eyes of the woman fill with tears
as she lies on a cot in a strange place among strangers

The world through the eyes of a dog
a big reddish-brown dog with huge brown eyes
that look
bewildered
nervous
skittish
she sits on the roof of the house 
wondering where the master is who fed her
brushed her and made her feel so good 
where is her master?
Her eyes are sad she is afraid her master has left her
she thinks she must have been a bad doggie
her tail droops between her legs and she cries , she cries
yes, dogs cry

The world through the eyes of an old man who is poor 
homeless yet again as his street corner is gone he no longer can sleep on his bench
he looks for help and sees no one

The world through the eyes of a city
Her people dead and dying 
she has let them down
she tried to keep them safe she cries and feels her soil rotting in the muddy water of decay and death

The world through the eye's of a nation
Horror fills their minds

Disbelief
Rage
Anger
Hurt
Hearts broken
Curses
Blame
Courage
Faith
Generosity
Love
Strength
Sympathy
Thankfulness for their dry homes
Full stomachs
Hydration

The nation weeps with the child
mother, dog, the homeless, the city
The people's eyes shed tears
The people's eyes hold dear all they love
The people have seen how in a blink of an eye all can be gone

Sadness
That  one word
Does not convey the horror of this day
Hearts open
helping hands
we will survive
eyes will dry
as will the city

Show your love today
Be kind to each other
Don't ever forget
Nothing is forever



















And they called them refugees.. they are victims.
Thrown all across the country, families torn apart, dead lying for days on streets and freeways.. too much horror to imagine. Yet it happened and we all saw .. and all who have a heart cried for these people and our beloved New Orleans... a City I have always felt a kinship with.


© 2012 Chloe..Across the Universe


Author's Note

Chloe..Across the Universe
Katrina was mild compared to Japan so since i can't write about Japan now this is to acknowledge them also -Millions in Japan without food or water-entire families washed away ... I can only imagine.

Wrote this when Katrina drowned New Orleans .. that was one of the worst fiasco's of Bush's administration.. one of MANY.. i wrote this quickly as i was upset felt like pouring out my thoughts and frustration.. sorry for any typos .. got tired of looking for the former reviews.. just a piece i feel strongly about.. it is somewhat a story too i reckon. I wrote it for the People.. the people not the 'refugees' as they were called .. THE PEOPLE .

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Beautiful tribute. It is even sadder when you realize that it could have been avoided had they fixed the levy in 1998 when the bill came before congress... but the Replican majority didn't think it worth the investment. I have a lot of anger about this. To me they killed all those people through neglecting their responsibilities... for what? A few tax cuts... woopie.

Sorry... gone political when you wrote a beautiful work of art. Really lovely work.

Posted 12 Years Ago


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A great piece. Wonderfully penned. Great job.

Posted 12 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

BEAUTIFUL!!! Well written... I had to get away from reading it for a while before writing such a wonderful job you did in describing all the thoughts that could be possibly going through the victims minds. I could not imagine. Though as many as you already know it is very heart felt. Lost for words on what cannot be undone but to move on and a "New City" shall be built and slowly in the process. You have a great heart in which others must see. Show your glowing spirit and SHINE ON! You write beautifully. I look forward to reading more of your writings.

Posted 12 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

deep... emotional...
and true!
great diction and personifications!

take good care...
keep it up

Posted 12 Years Ago


4 of 4 people found this review constructive.

oh man...the small line about the dog REALLY got to me...makes me think of my baby Oscar :( other than that....touching and well-penned write! :)

Posted 12 Years Ago


4 of 4 people found this review constructive.

Very moving piece Chloe...I have my own concetrating on the people I actually know there and the city itself...so much it overwhwelms, much like 9/11...hard to touch so much sorrow...I like the positive note at the end like my "Brave New City"

Posted 12 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Beautiful tribute. It is even sadder when you realize that it could have been avoided had they fixed the levy in 1998 when the bill came before congress... but the Replican majority didn't think it worth the investment. I have a lot of anger about this. To me they killed all those people through neglecting their responsibilities... for what? A few tax cuts... woopie.

Sorry... gone political when you wrote a beautiful work of art. Really lovely work.

Posted 12 Years Ago


5 of 5 people found this review constructive.


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