30FOR30 Poetry Challenge: April 9

Week Two: Nature
April 9th: Write a poem addressing one of the following natural disasters: Hurricane Katrina (2005), Haitian Earthquake (2010), or Tōhoku Tsunami and Earthquake (2011). 

logoToday’s prompt is to write a poem addressing one of the following natural disasters: Hurricane Katrina (2005), Haitian Earthquake (2010), or Tōhoku Tsunami and Earthquake (2011). Think about where you were when you first learned of the disaster. Think about where your family may have been. Think on the beauty of nature and how it can be so destructive. Why is nature so cruel, yet so prosperous? Isn’t that beauty?

Here’s a poem about Hurricane Katrina by Rickey Laurentiis:

Crescendo

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
AUGUST, 2005

 But I’m trying hard to know what
is meant when we claim O silent night
a night like this, when blown out is all
the blaze of the sky but not heat, not
dampness either, not even that star, alone,
like a crack in the firmament (in the levees)
and what floods in, because only it can,
is a light to make light of until we can’t—
then a breeze passes, with its humanlike
moan, since it’s human I can know it, I hear it,
as I do the magnolia-shudder, the bird
-scatter, as I do the river: can’t you hear it
singing far off—?
                            Then not as far—?


Feel free to post your piece in the comments!

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