I’m Sorry New Orleans

i’m sorry new orleans
for not having a good
time with you despite
how much i wanted to

i tasted your culinary
delights and walked
your streets day and
night, took in some
music and had a few
drinks along the way

why do you allow
outsiders to come in
and get trashed and
trash and disrespect
your city while doing so

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i’m sorry new orleans
for being sad and
not having a good time
which likely had more
to do with my memories
of west africa that
bubbled up with fervor
around every corner that i
turned, yet not seeing
any references to it
until i went to jean
lafitte where it was
at least acknowledged

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please remove that one
history book from all
the tourist shops that
talks about how well-
treated the slaves of
new orleans were and
how they had it so good
compared to other slaves
and that they were free
to dance and sing once
a week at congo square

 

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