Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Anniversary Katrina: A Nascent Effort

Katrina Trash Piles, 2005Tossed

Very tired. Have been in Maine for a bit, visiting the first born of my sister, Violet. The blessing was moved back, so I had to stay longer than anticipated, which meant that I would have to face the possibility of missing the Katrina Anniversary in NOLA. Not a chance.

So for the first time in my life, I flew somewhere for one day. Charged it. Saw so much.

This is not the end.

This is a landmark, but not the end of the story. Nagin is so quiet; now I feel that I can say, "It has been a year, let's go!"

Forgive me, I am not a writer, but I have to say that it has been a year and we have not said or shown enough to amount to a beginning of the communication of loss -and what has been done...it is not enough to amount to half as much as what we have communicated.

Lower Ninth, still, today August 29, 2006

Marched in the Lower Ninth today. Such sadness. Such strength and hope.

This man lost four generations of his family.
Please don't think it's over: do not forget us.