This City - a poem

Updated on October 14, 2016

This city is still underwater

lost in a time

of backroom deals and nepotism

tangled in the weeds

of the abandoned lots that litter every block.

Residents can pick their poison

from rising taxes

potty holes

smelly quarters

to stolen cars

corner stores

or hit and runs.

Transparency a ruse

for endless FEMA funds

a celebration of a people’s resilience

hiding nonexistent representation

and many stolen dreams.

Pomp and circumstance

at every turn

delays and lies given

under the fake familiarity

of sympathetic incompetence.

Such a grand design

masks the treacherous callousness

that allowed thousands to die

for systems of bureaucracy and red tape

meant to obfuscate and disguise

the trail of money

lining every pocket.

Jailings and oversight

not a worry for inbreed politicians

waiting on the plunder

from the next disaster.

© 2016 truthfornow


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      DDE 17 months ago

      You shared an important issue in a poem. The words certainly got my attention.

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      Dora Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      The sufferers are not the interest of those who prolong the underlying causes. You make a good spokesperson in your poetry.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 18 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      This poem does a very critical commentary on the state of affairs regarding rehabilitation of New Orleans. It is a powerful poem.


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      Linda Crampton 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and effective poem. The city that you describe has some serious problems.

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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Marie, this is great, Blessings to you.


      So sad but true what a disaster can do

      Bringing out the best

      Bringing out the worst

      Putting all to the test

      Seeing who can stand tried and true

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      Ruby Jean Richert 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Reading this adds to my fear of bureaucracy that's so rampant all over the world. I feel for so many who are dealing with flooding and hurricanes. Stay safe...

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A very hard-hitting commentary in verse form. Good work.