Wednesday, November 16, 2005

118. Katrina...A Moment in Time

by Mary West - Hurricane Survivor, New Orleans, Louisiana

Who tried to steal this city of mine
Hurricane Katrina.....A moment in time

Why did this happen to a city so unique
We can point to and blame the Government
For being so very weak

Our levees were dismissed
Since the days of Governor Long
For the Government should've secured them
And made them big & strong

So is it any wonder
That Katrina came to be
And swallowed up the city
For the whole world to see

It destroyed our people and the culture we all love
As they scrambled & screamed for help from above
And that help came so slow, as lives & homes were lost
For as the storm grew, the city paid the cost

Where once there was Jazz and Gumbo
And dancing in the streets
The city became silent
As we wept in disbelief

The faces of the helpless
Will forever remain real clear
As the city tries to recover
And struggles from year to year

The Jazz will return to Bourbon
And the Steamboats will roll along
But Hurricane Katrina
In our hearts will live on

For when history is recorded
And New Orleans is defined
We'll always remember Katrina
More than a moment in time!

Hellicane category: SURVIVORS' Tales

1 comment:

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank said...


On a recent web search we found your blog postings that relate
to the recent hurricanes. We at the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
( invite you to upload your postings or
stories to this public database as part of a nationwide memory bank
that will help historians write the history of these storms. A
collaborative project between George Mason University’s Center for
History and New Media, the University of New Orleans, and the
Smithsonian Institution the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank is
collecting, preserving, and presenting the stories, images, and
responses of the devastating 2005 hurricane season.

If you decide to contribute, your stories will be credited to you and you
will retain copyright over that data. When we display images, blog
postings, or podcasts, we also create a bibliographic citation as a
reference for those using the memory bank for research. If at any time
you change your mind, you may contact us (
and we will delete your materials.

Still wondering who we are and what we do? This project builds on prior
work by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, and
other partners such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of
Congress, to collect and preserve history online, especially through
the ECHO ( project and the September 11 Digital
Archive ( Check out these sites and see what you

We are collecting all types of information, and we encourage you and
your friends and family to submit stories, documents, images, or audio
files through our website:

Thank you!
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank Staff