• I walked the banks of the river when the levees broke. 
    You left me barren, my family soaked. 
    I walked along the levees, 
    I never found my way home. 
    X marks the spot, 
    X marked bodies in dat mud
    Marked that swamp dreams, swamp boats. 
    Severed veins
    arteries
    blockaded freeways. 
    Concrete hope stained 
    from gull to skull--

    I never could afford soap.