Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Katrina Poem

A year ago (late August 2005), Hurricane Katrina exposed the "black" underbelly of America's racial politics. Here is the poem I wrote as a tribute to Niyi Osundare, Nigerian poet and academic, and survivor of the disaster. The poem first appeared in Sable Litmag Issue 7 (2005), and was read by Kadija Sesay at a PEN regional conference in Ghana (2nd - 5th December, 2005).

NEW ORLEANS IS A BOWL OF WATER
for Niyi Osundare

I
TheUnitedStates warns
That melanin predisposes carriers
To bouts of violent looting.

II
New Orleans is a bowl of water
Tinged with the dark
Of melanin

We sit on the roof.
Downstairs, water makes herself
At home.

We are not in the mood
For visitors.
The visitor is not in the mood

To return home. There is no home.
Home is a bandage of water
Swollen with the pus of flood -

Water terrifying itself.
Survival is an Egg.
Did those bifocals escape

With the bard. The papers didn't.
But the poems they hold
Are waterproof, created to bob

Their way to reckoning.
The Bard owns the last Word.
The last Word is not an Egg.

(c) 2005

3 comments:

Araceli Aipoh said...

Hi,

I can see you have changed the face of your blog.

I think this one's a lot better -- easier to read.

Araceli

BOA said...

Yeah,
I suddenly thought the black seemed too morbid :))))

Btw, I'd love to get updates from you concerning your magazine project. I'd love to help in any way I can

BOA
omoalagbede (AT) yahoo.co.uk

poker said...

PROMO DELIMA
poker online terpercaya | poker online | Agen Domino | Agen Poker | Kumpulan Poker | bandar poker | Judi Poker | Judi online terpercaya | bandar qiu | situs judi online

Ayo segera daftarkan diri anda dan bergabunglah bersama kami !!
Delimapoker.com Situs Agen Poker Online Terpercaya di Indonesia akan melayani Anda dengan profesional, memproses depo/wd dgn cepat. Come join and be a winer with us !!

Untuk info selanjutnya silakan chat ke :
Livechat_____: delimapoker
BBM__________: 7B960959
Facebook_____: delimapoker
Phone number_: +85595678845
pendaftaran___