A tsunami named Katrina
Beat a swath, New Orleans first.
People lost and standing helpless
Water everywhere but thirst–
Unquenched. Pollution is standard
It can only get much worse!
Waving sheets from higher windows
Much as though these states were cursed.
Perhaps true the nation staggers!
What will happen? What can be done?
Cannot help wondering those who perish
Are they hopeful in God’s Son?
But the longing to keep living
It is strong and it will stay.
They will stand in waist deep waters
Wave their hands, cry out, and pray!
Night falls, people seeking higher
Safety move up from the streets.
Save for those who still are hopeful
Wave with flashlights till dawn meets.
Another day of hopeful waiting
For the help that cannot come.
Hundreds dead and far more dying,
Helicopters? One by one!
Sam Cox 8.31.05