Hurricane Katrina survivor waits with dog for help
New Orleans – Louisiana – United States – August 2005
Photo Credit: Hurricane Katrina
My Poetry Corner August 2014 features the poem “When the Storm is Forgotten” by Saul Murray, an African-American poet, songwriter, and performing artist. Murray’s poetry blends the rhythms and themes of Beat and Black alternative hip hop.
Written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Murray’s poem is not a reflection on the storm itself. Instead, it presents a dismal view about American life: complacency, self-centeredness, pride, violence, celebrity worship, and more. When the storm is upon us, we become vulnerable. We learn that our survival depends upon others.
The poet calls on us not to forget the storm. When we forget the storm, the struggle to change our lives comes to an end.
The inspiration for my Haiku poem, “In Denial,” came from the repetitive first line of Saul Murray’s poem: When the storm remains distant… In California where I live, drought and firestorms have already reached critical levels.
Read “When the Storm is Forgotten” and learn more about Saul Murray’s work at my Poetry Corner August 2014.