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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

hurricane and flood

When we talk about the dead and the lost. A toll we have yet to count, much less have an official estimate of. (Why?...) Remember this:

First there was a Hurricane,
then there was a Flood.


Some people died on Monday morning.
Some people died on Friday night.

Some people died in the crash of a wave.
Some people died awaiting help.

Some people died in a gale force wind.
Some people died when their medicine ran out.

The Hurricane came and hit those who remained.
The Flood rose up and swallowed those who'd been left.

If you were still on the coast,
the coast became a grave.

If you were still in the city,
your house became a tomb.

And those huddled waiting for help...water...food,
heard one response..."soon, it'll come soon."

First came the Hurricane,
and then came the Flood.

When they got to New Orleans,
They left the bodies in the streets.

There were too many alive...in need,
to stop and claim the dead.

When you tell the story of Katrina,
Make sure you tell this too.

First there came a Hurricane,
and then there came a Flood.



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2 Comments:

  • I will have no respect for any democrat or progressive that does not know what this means.

    This Katrina/New Orleans disaster means: America is leaving it's poor behind.

    I'm not going to be shy about this any more. I have sympathies to individualism, to doing for yourself. HOWEVER: you know what, the framers said this was also about the pursuit of happiness.

    The Old Model in Feudal Europe was that you need a pauper class to function, you need someone to treat like shit and that's not the American Way. The American Way is that we can all prosper.

    You don't leave your poor behind.

    But we do. And it was happening before the Hurricane.

    It can't be allowed to happen any more.

    New Orleans changed everything, we don't need to be shy, we don't need to stumble on the words to prove that, no, really, the poor are maltreated and oppressed. We can just say, "FEMA couldn't find them, while CNN drove down there and interviewed them every day".

    bastards.

    By Blogger Pyrrho, at 2:38 PM  

  • Just mindboggling... I feel so numb from disbelief, despair, anger and outrage... Unimaginable.

    By Blogger Sherm, at 5:17 PM  

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