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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.

NoniDoni GOLD said...
on Jan. 12 2015 at 8:29 pm
NoniDoni GOLD, Calabasas, California
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wow thats deep! the rhyming showed true perfection! please give feedback to my poems sunless and black

Kat1712 GOLD said...
on Dec. 18 2012 at 10:23 pm
Kat1712 GOLD, Rockwall, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Inspiration is something that starts with someone else's story, ends with your own, and has a blurry line in between.

Teehee, my name is Katrina :) I like this poem!

on Nov. 4 2012 at 1:57 pm
TaylorWintry DIAMOND, Carrollton, Texas
72 articles 0 photos 860 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby." - Unknown

Wow, great job! That's really inspiring. Congrats on getting it published!

on Oct. 18 2012 at 3:47 pm
CreativeWriter2015 SILVER, Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be kind. Be smart. Be important." - The Help
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -A Cinderella Story

This poem was so good and i loved that you got to your point and really made the title fit in. :)

Melanie S. said...
on Jan. 23 2012 at 10:45 am
The poem was good but is it even a limerick?

Phoenix. said...
on Jan. 1 2012 at 2:59 am
Phoenix., Pittsfield, Pennsylvania
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RedDaisy said...
on Dec. 10 2011 at 9:25 pm
RedDaisy, Guayanilla, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"It's not just having the courage; you also need the strength. What's the point of having courage if you lose and can't get back up after the first fail?" -Me-

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!


Jeast10 GOLD said...
on Nov. 18 2011 at 9:58 am
Jeast10 GOLD, Beaumont, Texas
10 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"when nothing goes right... go left."

that was one of the best poems i have ever read in my life! i had goose bumps the whole time!

on Jun. 28 2011 at 2:42 am
LyricalBeauty GOLD, Fontana, California
14 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
" 'I am happy' that's just the saddest lie..."

"I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence. Fear is such a weak emotion, that's why I despise it..."

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!

on Mar. 24 2011 at 11:25 am
Kasey_renee BRONZE, Chandler, Arizona
1 article 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
when the straight and narrow gets a little to straight, roll up a joint. or don't. and follow your arrow wherever it goes.

I love it so much! that's what we get for placing our trust in the government's hand and you stated it perfectly

spiria BRONZE said...
on Dec. 28 2010 at 2:36 am
spiria BRONZE, Fullerton, California
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So full of emotion: hatred, anger, and grief.

Sad, but beautiful. Keep writing, please.

on Dec. 4 2010 at 8:42 am
sillywillysooz GOLD, Grantsville, Utah
15 articles 60 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"never let the fear of striking out, ever keep you from playing the game"

this was one of the best peoms i have ever read!

on Jul. 22 2010 at 7:24 pm
WriterGirl33 PLATINUM, Tulsa, Oklahoma
26 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is better to not speak and let people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

that was really great... i totally drew me in!!!!!! Great Job!!!!!!!!

on May. 17 2010 at 6:26 pm
CheerfullyBlue GOLD, Santa Clarita, California
14 articles 9 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Forever is an awfully long time." -Peter and Wendy
"To die, would be an awfully big adventure." -Peter and Wendy

I love your poem. And I totaly agree. Great gob :D

on Mar. 13 2010 at 8:12 pm
BreeTayler PLATINUM, Carlisle, Arkansas
30 articles 0 photos 57 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Where there is love there is life." --Ghandi

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.

KendraGC GOLD said...
on Jan. 28 2010 at 2:26 pm
KendraGC GOLD, Marion, Indiana
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Absolutely wonderful. I loved it. Great great job.

on Jan. 26 2010 at 3:12 pm
savannah-jane PLATINUM, Soooomers., New York
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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.

Chelz PLATINUM said...
on Jan. 5 2010 at 10:27 am
Chelz PLATINUM, Iron Mountain, Michigan
23 articles 3 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When life gives you lemons, bite into it and embrace the bitter taste of reality." (My own words)

This poem is this amazing. The feeling in this poem really touched me.

on Nov. 11 2009 at 11:10 pm
emoittlegirl BRONZE, Louisville, Kentucky
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember: amatuers built the ark.
Professionals built the Titanic.

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.

on May. 28 2009 at 12:22 pm
JasonsBaby GOLD, Spencer, West Virginia
11 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
when i get mad i tend to tell people to "go suck a fart"

wow you are so TALENTED, that was awesome,keep writing,i love people like you who say exactly what they think,THANK YOU