“When the Storm is Forgotten” – Poem by Saul Murray

Three Worlds One Vision

Hurricane Katrina waits with dog for help - USA - August 2005Hurricane 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…

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