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Katrina calendar

September cement blooms black mold graffiti


October’s street is full of Hefty trash bags—

                                    the city’s not collecting


Drowned photographs stuck in thick layers

dry out fine, baked in the oven


Left-behind cats

crunch kibble poured in piles in the park


December, a rooster prances across the porch

with a cockroach in its beak, gobbles


only when someone is watching

January, a pit bull


wearing a duct tape collar,

sprints in full moon circles


February, a mailman surfaces

                        with way too many utility bills


he should pour in the lake     


Who’s got a belly full of cornbread crumbs?  

I do, he sings to the dog,


And you do too


March is honey falling in ribbons of light

            on cobblestones laid by slaves that whisper


about your age

March bats up her eyelids of treasure at dawn


April, the city’s lungs relax, her children walk

the river home


Abe Louise Young

New Orleans native/Austin activist
Abe Louise Young is the author of two chapbooks Heaven to Me (2016) and Ammonite (2010) and the free guide, Queer Youth Advice for Educators, and she is co-editor of Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays, and vision from American Teenagers. She just finished a week-long February 2018 residency at Smith College, reading poetry and exhibiting “Poet-to Poet: A Friendship in Letters.”

After working for many years as an independent writer, grant-writer, and editor, Young recently became Education and Training Director at TexasCASA. Her program will create learning programs that will reach 30,000 children in foster care across the state. In her own words, “I'm incredibly lucky and humbled to help shape what the grown folks will learn, and how, in the here and now, w[ith] this team of brilliant, committed people working to make life better for kids!”