Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Lower 9th Ward

blocks of cement foundations left bare like a cemetery of forgotten souls
overgrown clovers, the wind as the only sound left in this abandoned place
empty lots everywhere
an abandoned home with a failed inspection fine notice sits next to
scattered modern new solar homes flashing bright colors 
a photo of brad pitt holding a shovel wearing a crisp white designer shirt
hope and pride is mixed with disparity and loss, with the same levee design that failed them looming in the background, a cold cement wall blocking them from the rest of the world
this is the lower 9th ward.

Melissa Jean

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