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To the Government, Regarding Katrina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Scream is what I want to do,
“These people died and where were you?”
If the Coast Guard too had taken your lead,
Hundreds more would have been in need.
You claimed that you were unaware
That 5,000 plus had just died there.
But, possible? I think it not
Your pompous selves were never caught
With want of saving your own people,
Why not just leave it to the steeple?
They really could have used the aid,
And not the full armed barricade.
People watched their families die
Because food and water were in short supply.
Then you came, what? Five days late?
And you thought they would appreciate
The fact that you stranded them all there
Because Condi seeing “Spamalot” was a higher care?
And, of course, Cheney had to fish
Obviously, each drowning victim’s last wish.
Sean Penn helped, because you “couldn’t”
Or, maybe it was because you wouldn’t.
Dead bodies, down the streets they floated,
Washed up on land, so pale and bloated.
You claimed you had searched for the dead
That’s what your marks on houses read.
But, half those houses were un-entered
Stagnant waters, liquid grave centered.
And five months later, these houses sit
You think they’re okay? You’re full of s--t.
I walked down streets, so devastated
And the government, I truly hated.
Katrina was in August, it was July
And I could only wonder, why?
Eleven months and nothing’s done
How can you say your people are number one?
You should all be so full of shame,
And when somebody says the name
“Katrina” you should think back on your life,
And I hope it cuts deep like a knife
To think of all those passed away
Because of your bad engineering and delay.
You waste your money on Iraq,
And, for your sake, I wish it back
So the people who did fully trust
In your promises that proved unjust
Can get back houses, if nothing more
Because all those people you lost, you can’t restore

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Kat1712 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm:
Teehee, my name is Katrina :) I like this poem!
 
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jettabugThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm:
Wow, great job! That's really inspiring. Congrats on getting it published!
 
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CreativeWriter2015 said...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm:
This poem was so good and i loved that you got to your point and really made the title fit in. :)
 
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Melanie S. said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 10:45 am:
The poem was good but is it even a limerick?
 
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Jadafunk said...
Jan. 1, 2012 at 2:59 am:
THAT'S TRULY INCREDIBLE I COULD HAVE NEVER DONE IT 5***** FOR YOU
 
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RedDaisy said...
Dec. 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm:

This poem was so beautifully deep...if they are truly caring human beings, this should cut up some arrogance and replace it with guilt. Beautiful and intense. Well done!

~RedDaisy~

 
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Jeast10 said...
Nov. 18, 2011 at 9:58 am:
that was one of the best poems i have ever read in my life! i had goose bumps the whole time!
 
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LyricalBeauty said...
Jun. 28, 2011 at 2:42 am:
WOW. If it was possible, I would give you a standing ovation. That was so beatifully written. It was full of emotion and feeling. Amazing job!
 
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Kali-Mah said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:25 am:
I love it so much! that's what we get for placing our trust in the government's hand and you stated it perfectly
 
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spiria said...
Dec. 28, 2010 at 2:36 am:

So full of emotion: hatred, anger, and grief.

Sad, but beautiful. Keep writing, please.

 
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shychick101This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 4, 2010 at 8:42 am:
this was one of the best peoms i have ever read!
 
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WriterGirl33 said...
Jul. 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm:
that was really great... i totally drew me in!!!!!! Great Job!!!!!!!!
 
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DarkPoet said...
May 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm:
I love your poem. And I totaly agree. Great gob :D
 
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BreeTayler This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm:
I was tired... And this poem woke me right up. It made me want to stand up, throw my fists in the air and scream, "Heck yes!" lol I loved it and I completely agree with it. Great job.
 
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KendraGC said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm:
Absolutely wonderful. I loved it. Great great job.
 
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savannah-jane said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm:
my god, this was incredible. i actually found myself shaking; i got goosebumps reading this. i read it over a few times and it only gets better.
i've never seen a poem with such passion and feeling. i can sense your sincere anger and that this is an issue close to your heart. you really let us take a walk inside your mind and your heart and i can only thank you so much. this was beautiful; keep writing. please.
 
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Chelz said...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 10:27 am:
This poem is this amazing. The feeling in this poem really touched me.
 
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emoittlegirl said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm:
omg, this is exactly how i felt. looking at the wreckage around me caused by hurricane katrina makes me sick to my core and my blood boil in my veins. how could the government just turn a blind eye to us? They didn't even CARE! not one, single bit.
 
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birdie said...
May 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm:
wow you are so TALENTED, that was awesome,keep writing,i love people like you who say exactly what they think,THANK YOU
 
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kianapearl said...
Apr. 10, 2009 at 3:28 am:
Wow:) Your poem is good. But your point was amazing. I love the way you say exactly what you feel. It leaves a strong impact on the reader. Great Job!
 
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