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Second Lining
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Sunday, April 29, 2007
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Second line parades can be traced back to the 19th Century.

Those guys with umbrellas,
what's a parade without them?
quick squats, big stomached, high feet 

stepping over the debris left
behind by Katrina,
as if it never existed;

they dance, a tradition handed
down for generations,
celebrating life after death.

New Orleans rides on the hope
spinning purple, gold, green
through the city they -- I -- love.  Let

them come, let them come!  these
satined, sequined steppers
second lining down avenues

of sorrow.  Hear the brass bands play,
come out of hiding and
watch the parade of the living

dancing in the sunshine, hoist the
umbrellas high against
the dirge we've been singing too long.

(c) 2007, Karla Dorman (4/29)
* From "Duke Ellington's New Orleans Suite," witten by Ava Leavell Haymon.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Collins 5/2/2007
Karla --

Wonderful poem about the remaking of life. WEll written.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/1/2007
"Second Lining"--second chances--seems to me you've touched on the positive 'moving forward' concept with:

"Those guys with umbrellas,
...they dance, a tradition handed
down for generations,
celebrating life after death."

New Orleans has always been a great city. Who knows, it might one day be even greater than it was. Anyway, we can only hope.
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 5/1/2007
Rising from the ashes. Inspiring, enjoyed.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 4/30/2007
Wow! This is a great write. So genuine and image-filled. 'steppers', that's nice. keep going
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 4/30/2007
Enjoyed this write...a bittersweet kind of write...sad because of all that was lost during Katrina, sweet to think of how New Orleans will rise again! You know the old saying; can't keep a good man down, well I see New Orleans the same way; can't keep a good city down! Great write dear friend!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 4/30/2007
Good write today. I hope time makes the place greater. Lady J
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/30/2007
Sounds good to me!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/30/2007

Even with all that she has been through, you give New Orleans hope through your poetic verse. Very well done, Karla; and I agree with Karen Palumbo: New Orleans WILL rise again, bigger and better than ever! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin sis, Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/30/2007
Sounds sooo good..Hugsssssss
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/30/2007
Sounds like fun to me...ed
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/30/2007
hoist the
umbrellas high against
the dirge we've been singing too long.

Sounds very good to me.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/30/2007
Perhaps the spirit of Satchmo still linger abour the Big Easy, making so many funerals a chorus singing about life and hope.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/29/2007
Out of the ashes it will rise again, bigger, stronger than ever before, just be patient. Very well written, enjoyed.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Art Sun 4/29/2007
A very nice poetic expression and view of the after...of New Orleans...or rather the living New Orleans...

nice Sun...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/29/2007
Awesome poemetry....
Your friend with love,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/29/2007
Dynamic verses arrowed straight to the heart!
Superb poem, Karla!

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