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I know what the water wanted (Inspired by Hurricane Katrina)

I know what the water wanted

They whispered
Did you see how dark she was

I know what the water wanted

Bullets plunging under water
Engulfed, drowning

I know what the water wanted

Melanin
A color you tried to wash away
It is permanent

I know what the water wanted.

I know what the water wanted (Inspired by Hurricane Katrina)

I know what the water wanted

They whispered
Did you see how dark she was

I know what the water wanted

Bullets plunging under water
Engulfed, drowning

I know what the water wanted

Melanin
A color you tried to wash away
It is permanent

I know what the water wanted.

Joy Okot-Okidi  20, Renton

 
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FIRST POEM I wrote a collection of poems when I was 13. I dedicated it to my godparents who passed away.
FAVORITE POETRY FORM I love spoken word.
WRITING LIKE WATER It is like the lapping waves on a shore, like a stinging belly flop.

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