Thursday, September 15, 2005

45. Dead People In The Bathroom

by Susan Maree Jeavons
(Written after hearing a reporter interview a 7-year-old girl whose family were victims of hurricane Katrina. I hope that this innocent child will not be scarred for life by the shameful events that took place during the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina which hit the Gulf Coast on Monday, August 29th, 2005.)

Mama's in prison,
Why ain't she here?
There's dead people in the bathroom
And a rat over there

The water kept rising
And there's no food anywhere
There's dead people in the bathroom
and I'm scared to go there

Why are we still here
Is it cause we black, and we poor?
There's dead people in the bathroom
I can't take much more

The big folks is shouting
And there's shooting here too
There's dead people in the bathroom
Mama I'm angry at you!

Whose going to save me?
I've been here for so long
There's dead people in the bathroom
And the stink is so strong

There's dead people in the bathroom
Did you hear what I said?
Them rats in the gutter
Are eating the dead

Will they eat me next?
There's nowhere to run
There's dead people in the bathroom
Will I soon be one?

There's dead people in the bathroom
And it's so hot today
I wish that this nightmare
Would just go away . . .

Hellicane category: SURVIVORS' Tales

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Strong and sad. Obviously she got saved thank God and I hope she'll be OK. A natural disaster compounded greatly by political, bureaucratic stupidity! My nephew, niece and her boyfriend (police there) saved hundreds. God bless people like that, not the ones who don't care!

wamblicante

Susan Maree Jeavons said...

Thank you wamblicante. Your relatives and friends are true heroes! Bless them!

Susan Maree Jeavons

Anonymous said...

Very deep and thought provoking, i'll be praying for those children who witnessed hurricane Katrina that they might not be scarred but compelled to make a difference in the world they live in...thanks

shakti said...

susan
a lovely poem that is both vivid andsensitive and telling...
god bless