To the Government, Regarding Katrina MAG

By Devon Richtmeyer, Goshen, CT

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

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This article has 26 comments.

kianapearl said...
on 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!

BeckyBear said...
on Feb. 15 2009 at 3:24 am
Omg ! thats SO true. And it had me in tears. Keep writing. My friend, your very intelligent and this is unique :]

TheVOice said...
on Jan. 21 2009 at 7:24 pm
Your a natural. This is by far the best ryming poems i've seen in a long time. ....But now I'm all depressed and mad at the world. Which I guess is a good means you know how to control the readers emotions. YAY! *gives big thumbs up* Keep on writing!!!

on Dec. 13 2008 at 12:34 am
i am so impressed with this! usually rhyming poems dont do much for me, but this one was great!

I AM SO ANGRY NOW...and i like it.

Sunshine said...
on Nov. 2 2008 at 1:30 pm
Wow! I don't have a big enough vocabulary to describe this poem. I love it , love it, love it! 100% true, sweet rhythm, and ryhme, and perfect wit! Thanks for writing this and giving us all the opportunity to read such a good poem.

JillyBilly28 said...
on Aug. 14 2008 at 3:58 pm
I totally agree with you! Keep up the good writing! I hope you write something else that I will be able to read. Very good rhyming!:)

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