Flood 2005: Sonnet in Creole
by Kampta Karran

dem dey in dem wet wet house
wid caugh and cold and sneeze
bare dem cheef like wan church mouse
through hunger and disease.
government share dere bags around
all bady did the same
pore people fled to higher ground
such wait pan such broken frame.

how much more abe gat fu face
how lang go be abe fate
fu doze who collect taxes
to keep flood from de coastal gate?

dem gaze pan dem homes below
de pani fast, all else slow.


February 12, 2005
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