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#150186 - 04/10/07 10:57 PM I AM New Orleans
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Registered: 02/16/07
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Been back in New Orleans for 24 hours now. Why was I so moved by what I saw? Why was it SO personal...why was I crying so hard?

I AM NEW ORLEANS!

New Orleans, what happened to you?
-I dunno…what happened to you?
New Orleans, you were once so happy and fresh?
-A Monster came and took all that
What happened?
-Dunno…it just kinda ‘did’
New Orleans, why don’t you move?
-Lost the will…how bout you?
Cant you clean this shit up?
-Nope…its too much for me to handle
New Orleans, why aint there no children in that playground?
-They lost their way, lost their fun.
New Orleans, you musta seen this commin!
-No I really didn’t
Musta made it worse on yourself?!?!
-Maybe I did
You let it get worse! …let those bastards take advantage of your needs!
-I didn’t know any better…sorry
You’re a wreck New Orleans… fix yourself!!!
-I don’t know how
You been like this for so long...long enough!
-I guess I’m just stuck like this
You just want to be like this...else you woulda done somthin bout it!
-Please help me???


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#150187 - 04/10/07 11:01 PM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: Still]
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Wow Rob! You sure know how to link the two together.Very moving

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#150223 - 04/11/07 01:26 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: mack]
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Great poem, Robbie. I like the parallels in it to a survivor.

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#150237 - 04/11/07 02:21 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: EGL]
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Loc: louisiana
thanks for writin this--from a person who lives in new orleans.

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#150248 - 04/11/07 06:21 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: kuurt]
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Great Poem Rob!

We are here to help and to try to help you fix it all.

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#150300 - 04/11/07 12:11 PM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: pietie]
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Registered: 05/02/05
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Loc: Carlisle, PA
Robbie,

I was wondering if Kurt would see this; I'm glad he did.

It's such a powerful poem, and the answers of the stricken city - amazing. But what I see most vividly of all is your harrowing ability to feel for the pain of others. A blessing and a curse maybe. Hmmmm. A blessing, yep. ;\)

Much love,
Larry

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As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
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#205142 - 02/14/08 09:54 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: roadrunner]
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Look at you New Orleans!
Just look at you!
You keep on trying
you keep on working
you keep on and on and on

Last year New Orleans
You looked so damn sad
Last Year New Orleans
I held out little hope for you
but you kept on and on and on

But look at you now!
The children are back in that park
School buses are runnin again
A streetar named Perseverance
Looks like a painting again on St Charles

Last year New Orleans
Last year
You nearly killed me with just your face
You cleaned up
You stood up!
Damn it you WILL survive!

Last year New Orleans
was LAST year.




Edited by Robbie Brown (03/17/08 08:34 AM)
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#205146 - 02/14/08 10:30 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: Still]
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Registered: 12/30/07
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Loc: Washington State
YOU GO ROBBIE.!! your telling yourself something here aren't ya?


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#205652 - 02/17/08 08:48 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: Freedom49]
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Rob,

Guess there's some spirit in both of you that can't be killed off. So long as you don't abandon it you can still do it; there is still hope for progress now and healing in the future.

Much love,
Larry

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As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
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#211227 - 03/17/08 09:03 AM Re: I AM New Orleans [Re: roadrunner]
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Oh New Orleans
I won't be seeing you again
Not for a long time ol' friend
I tripped
I fell

You keep runnin
Keep on - ya hear?

I'll be back here
I've got my own stuff to fix
My levy's broke again

You keep on New Orleans
So when we meet again
I'll hug ya and squeeze ya
till the Jazz flows like Bourbon

I'll bring MY children to your parks
We'll ride a streetcar named Victory

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