Scarlett Treat

Rookie - 24 Points (1941 / Jug Fork, Mississippi)

Silent No More - Poem by Scarlett Treat

Super Dome, Super Dome,
site of pleasure,
site of sin...
you opened your doors
and took them in.
Then we saw their eyes,
full of death,
full of surprise.

Death for themselves,
surprise that none came to help!
America had to acknowledge
her poor, her poverty stricken,
her hungry, her lost,
her sons and daughters so poor
they couldn't even run to safety,
And so they died.

Not pretend,
not crime T. V.,
but real, true, with their life blood
flowing through their veins.
And the first thing accomplished
was passing the buck,
from mayor to governor to president,
each who claimed, 'Not ME! '

Comments about Silent No More by Scarlett Treat

  • Cheryl Lynn Moyer-peele (7/26/2007 10:23:00 PM)

    Scarlett -

    Now I see why you liked my poem, 'Our Last Jazz Note'. I like to leave the tone of finality because two years later, only the wealthy neighborhoods have been rebuilt. America has still lost her jazz!

    I like your sense of outrage pouring from your words!

    Best - cheryl
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  • Melvina Germain (8/21/2006 9:43:00 AM)

    Powerful poem, tell it like it is girl (Fantastic) love it----Melvina (Report) Reply

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  • (5/4/2006 6:24:00 PM)

    Well tell 'em girl! !
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  • (4/26/2006 2:30:00 PM)

    Captures the feelings of the hurricanes. Good read. -Lydia (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2006 5:23:00 PM)

    This is an astnonishingly honest poem dramatically illustrating the ever widening gulf between the haves and the have nots, .... (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2006 11:20:00 AM)

    Hi Linda! I just got to your poem and wow, what a pleasure to read. Very powerful commentary on the state of the world today. Before this happened it was hard for me to imagine our government ''not'' being there for us no matter what type of disaster, it's scary to wonder if they actually would be. Wonderful job. Sincerely, mary (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2006 4:16:00 AM)

    Wow! Scarlett, this gave me goose bumps. The dreadful truth in black and white! ! (No punn intended) .

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  • (4/19/2006 3:54:00 AM)

    Perfectly balanced sadness and anger. This is not an issue that should be forgotten about. From accross the pond we send our prayers and hopes for all those who suffered far more than was necessary. This is a great poem.
    Anna xxx
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  • (4/19/2006 2:31:00 AM)

    Can't help saying that our countries are similar in many respects, and it hurts to think there is no one willing to shoulder the responsibility, in your case as well as in ours. A powerful poem. Julia (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2006 11:35:00 PM)

    A powerful piece on a problematic issue. The Bush administration came up with egg on their collective face over that debacle. You managed to reign in the anger factor, and remain cool to convey your thoughts and feelings on a delicate matter. Everyone else who has commented seemed to have cover all the bases. This genuinely is one of your finest poems.

    Lovingly, Greg
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  • (4/18/2006 8:27:00 PM)

    Dear You - I can't say it any better than anyone else here. Brava. You've put a face on the misery and shame... Well done! With love, Esther (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2006 7:50:00 PM)

    Nicely formed Scarlett. I always think that these things are not natual disasters. Man has it in his power to avert these things and man chose not to. You point the irony well that the Super bowl was used to house the refugees. I'm glad that you didn't pull up the issue of race. These people were human beings, left down by their elected representatives.

    I really like the way that you have put this together, understating because the disaster says it all. Where others would have gone for hystrionics you convey an element of calm and detatchment and yet no one can escape what it isyou are saying.
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  • (4/18/2006 6:13:00 PM)

    a hauntingly beautiful poem, which truly expresses the America we live in now

    warmest regards, ~Dana~
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  • (4/18/2006 5:38:00 PM)

    Scarlett, enjoyed this..and much like spoken word poetry. Great expression and flow to the poem. :) (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2006 5:08:00 PM)

    I think this says it in few words. Unfortunately, few will listen or learn.
    Perhaps it should be called 'otherness'.

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  • (4/18/2006 5:02:00 PM)

    Absolutely agree with every sentiment expressed about this strong and truthful poem. Excellen! (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2006 4:44:00 PM)

    funny how fast George can send an army to the middle east and then how long it takes him to send help to his own citizens. who said being poor and being black was a disadvantage in this society? (Report) Reply

  • Linda Hepner (4/18/2006 2:47:00 PM)

    I do like the double-entendres, Scarlett, from the very first line. Also: 'and took them in'. The sadness of surprise in the second verse is very affecting, especially the way you tie it to the great words of intent on the Statue of Liberty. The last verse is a little didactic but you have every right to show your insights and express your anger. Super Dome, like a promising cathedral but really an empty shell!
    Super words, Scarlett,
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  • (4/18/2006 1:01:00 PM)

    My dearest Scarlett
    Gravty has taken over here, the depth of this poem has sucked me right in. It is all there from sheer start of those souls in peril right up to the end and into generations to come, how will they ever forget it. The poem is a credit to you. cheers Rosie.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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