For the New Young Bloods On My Porch.
For the New Young Bloods On My Porch Two years two months after post-Katrina flooding, I remember the first time I saw y'all Camped out, sitting on my front porch Chilled out in the cool shade of my cement stoop Spread eagle on the steps like you owned the place Bronzed chocolate faces, all sizes, ages, and you Acted like you owned the place, I welcomed you, told you, seeing y'all reminded me of my brother and his friends standing guard for our block, our street, our neighborhood though sometimes they stole a smoke from big butts on the street or made fun of people passing bay or they played coon can in the street, stopping traffic There y'all are, the new neighborhood residents bringing life to this 7th Ward New Orleans block struggling to return to glory. Come to think of it, I should have taken names should have found y'all Mommas & Dads should have checked if you were in school, and where should have checked to see whether you could read and write should have thrown 20 questions to test for any common sense should have jacked you up for being so cocky when y'all ran my tap till the bill burned me linning up cars to wash on my dime leaving the water running for its source, y'all not caring for the holes you make in my pockets. Then, in the last two weeks, I wouldn't be so shocked to find my 100 year-old cypress doors & windows destroyed, my cement and bricks--formed by Creole craftsmen--broken like rotten teeth, and y'all grinnin' like Stepin' Fetchit, slitherin' away.
--Mona Lisa Saloy
Mona Lisa Saloy is associate professor of English and Founding Director of Creative Writing at Dillard University, and Director of The Daniel C. Thompson/Samuel Du Bois Honors Program. Saloy's first collection of verse, Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems, won the T. S. Eliot Prize in poetry for 2005, published by Truman State University Press. She has also won fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the United Negro College Fund/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, journals, and film. She received her PhD in English and MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University and her MA in creative writing and English from San Francisco State University. Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Saloy was a visiting associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of Washington for the 2005/2006 academic year.
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|Author:||Saloy, Mona Lisa|
|Publication:||Journal of Pan African Studies|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2010|
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