Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Storm Surge-Looters

Natural disasters bring out men at their very best times
But sadly the worst when in Florence damaged areas reports of looting crimes
The good work of the Cajun Navy coming to residents stranded by rising waters aid
Obscured by looters who from the laws against theft have strayed
Or from gougers who due to scarcity caused by a run on grocery stores
Have raised prices on necessities more and more
Looting can be checked by a police presence very strong
To deter looters who believe that stealing from vacated homes and business is not wrong
Or curfews that keep people at home at night
And force looters who wish to steal out into the daylight
Where easier to be seen and  then nabbed
As they smash windows to goods try to grab
Price gouging is more subtle as prices rise
With sellers hiding behind market forces why it was authorized
Curfews in Carolina towns adversely hit are in place
And gougers may in due time face jail for higher prices on scare goods former prices replace
But at the core of the problem is that more people must ape the Cajun Navy creed
It times of disaster it is the primary function of neighbors and citizens to help those in dire need.
© September 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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