Tan Morgan

Katrina's Legacy

Three storeys of fading memories
Stand on a hill.
Uninhabitable.
I tread the ribcage of its staircase,
Dismantling the life it used to know.
Arteries of pipes bleed through ceilings;
The rooms are stopped up, the warm heart
Of the place stands cold and dark.
I buried a flyblown cat
Beside the front door.
Down on Ninth Ward,
They are still pulling bodies from the floodwater.
Doctors will come, with wrecking-balls;
Ivy trails its cannuli, ready
For the final euthanasia. I'm numb.
Eventually my home's bones will whiten on the hillside.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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  • shel cope (2/28/2008 3:14:00 AM)

    Evocative Tan...perhaps the New American's first abandoned metropolis...a revealing playground for future archaeologies.

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