You Can't Survive on Salt Water
—seven haiku for old orleans— 1. dead dogs hang from trees bloated barges sit on the wrong side of levees 2. dumb pigeons have flown now it's people's turn to perch roasting atop roofs 3. a caravan of yellow buses drowns because the mayor can't drive 4. official death counts exclude so-called looters shot on sight of their skin 5. dry folk uptown hold their noses, rejecting wet people's funky stank 6. things that go bump in the night: your boat against a dead baby's body 7. a son returns, finds four-month-old bones wearing his missing mother's dress
From So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets. Copyright © 2010 by Kalamu ya Salaam. Used with permission of Calabash International Literary Trust and the author.