Great Galveston Hurricane Poem

In science, I had an assignment that we had to make  a creative work describing a natural disaster. I wrote a poem about the Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900, which devastated the city:

Hurricane Galveston the Great

 

Wind

filled with joy and despair

a nice cooling ocean breeze

to winds up to 140 mph when people shout “Please!”

“Please make it stop!”

and all the people who shout, know it won’t stop on command

for Hurricane Galveston the Great does not hear over itself

 

Galveston, September 8, 1900 in the evening

this was a reality, the Great wasn’t stopping

for the air and water was warm and the time the hurricane likes to execute 8,000 people, Jun 1-Nov 30, had come

 

20% of the people of Galveston

3,600 of the buildings of Galveston

20 million dollars belonging to Galveston

over 500 million 21st century dollars belonging to Galveston

Stolen by Hurricane Galveston the Great

 

After which, Galveston, striving with affluence, suddenly was striving with destituteness

Efforts were made, raised elevation and a seawall, was built so this must never

ever

happen again

to protect from more hurricanes

 

but it will be some time, before another hurricane with category four damage will rule again

before a hurricane with category four freedom will rule again

in the future

but the past must exist says history

and history must never be forgotten says history

there is no backspace key on the keyboard used to type history

nor is there an eraser on the pencil used to write history

and the pages in the book of history must be made of steel

never must one rip out

*Note-this is not the final poem. This is what I was satisfied with until I looked at the rubric. I did not have time to put the final poem in.

Bibliography

 

Works Cited

“Hurricanes: Science and Society: 1900- Galveston.” Hurricanes: Science and Society: 1900- Galveston. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

 

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One thought on “Great Galveston Hurricane Poem

  1. I’ve read about the Galveston hurricane. Devastating, and very hard to read about.

    Thanks for sharing your poem!

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