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International Aid. Re: Katrina by Noell on 12 September 2005 4:16pm
Not trying to argue here, but I'd like to know how thousands of poor people, like someone stated before, are supposed to "GET THE F OUT."
Something like 30% of New Orleans had no cars - they live in squalor, below the poverty line. And after the state issued the mandatory evacuation, buses never came to get these people out of the city - they NEVER do during mandatory evacuations. We just don't hear about it because, in past evacuations like during hurrican Ivan a year ago, the storms passed over New Orleans.
So you have no car. You have no money in your bank account because you just paid your rent - you live check to check as it is. You don't have computer / internet access to find out what to do to apply for help, where to go, etc.
So I'm finding it bizarre that anyone can blame people who were already living in horrific poverty for not getting out of the city when they had no means to do so. They don't have relatives elsewhere who can take care of them, and if they did, how would they get to said relatives?
International Aid. Re: Katrina by perfectbitch on 12 September 2005 7:24pm
There was a girl from the UK being interviewed after she was rescued from the dome. She had been trying to get out of the city for 3 days before Katrina and there was no way out - not even through a car hire. Her father rang the authorities to seek help and asked what their plan was to be told there was no plan.

Hope this little verse helps.

Warm and playful as a child
Adolescence, growing wild.
Drifted into fateful dance,
Canged direction, made advance.
Crossed the ribbon. Edges frayed
But still intact, was just a raid.
People shuddered, structures shook.
She fled without a second look.
Chasing memories of the womb,
Warmth and wetness made her bloom.
Talent boosted like a jet,
She began to pirouette.
Lost in motion, gaining speed,
Convert of the Dervish creed
Sent her whirling like a top,
In red shoes she couldn't stop.
Rotation ruled her very soul,
She realised, she'd lost control.
Swept away from wet and warm
To darkness in a solid form.
Terror spread throughout her force,
Pain and anguish slowed her course.
Fury at the land below
For interrupting her fierce flow.
"I'm losing speed, this cannot be.
I'll make sure they remember me."
Looking back, her thoughts deranged,
She noticed that the land had changed.
So, heading into middle age,
Fading energy drains her rage.
Changing course, inhales deep breath
She dances on to certain death.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 13 September 2005 3:01am
I liked the poem. CNN has Nancy Grace on at the moment. It is still going on, two weeks later.

International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 13 September 2005 3:12am
Yesterday, the Arizona Daily Star printed the list of nations donating money. They included Afghanistan, Albania etc.

As an American, I am grateful, but ashamed and embarrased that we needed this sort of aid. We are accustomed to being the ones helping others...

This is the hard part. One side is happy to have others be helpful to us and I am thrilled. The other side maybe a little "Amerocentric" and I can't get over the fact that this is happening to my own countrymen. I don't care how poor they are or what their skin color is.
Maybe I should see a "global village," but the American in me is having a tough time with this.

Katrina and Writing Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 13 September 2005 3:19am
As I stated, I liked the poem. Since I write, I wanted to add my "two cents."

A Love Gone Wrong.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
She came out of the Atlantic, her rage growing.
Jilted she was, enraged she was, out to the Gulf she roared.
I'll git ma revenge, she cried.
The party was going as parties do in the Big Easy.
Katrina swore this was one party that was happening no more.
Her rage knew no limits, when she came upon the shore.
Those bastions of Bacchus, the French Quarter and the Garden District she roared over with rage and revenge.
She rode across the land eventually her rage being spent.
Leaving a region distraught and rent...

Katrina and Writing Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 13 September 2005 3:22am
I meant to put this in the previous note. Mumble mumble (I got carried away with my own prose)..Y'all can take me down a peg, I deserve it.

I had a brainstorm (after which I will take two aspirin).

If others have writing, maybe we could put it together as some sort of published fund raiser. Haven't thought of details it is just me thinking outside the box. If anyone can add to this please do.
Tucson and Refugees. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 13 September 2005 3:25am
We only had eighty here in the Tucson Convention Center. Two of my friends went to volunteer to be told there were more volunteers than they would ever need.
The refugees here were all adults mostly elderly. They have already been moved out of the Convention Center and into apartments.
Then again, Tucson is used to many newcomers coming. Eighty people is a drop in the bucket here.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by suzulu on 13 September 2005 12:34pm
I like your poems, PB and Mike.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by tucsonmike on 14 September 2005 3:34am
Thank you Suzulu.
International Aid. Re: Katrina by George on 14 September 2005 3:55am
Wonferful potry. Writig is truly a talent.

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