Thursday, January 11, 2007

To Helen Hill

I only met her once
for five minutes
but even in that short amount of time
I could tell that she was special.

So genuine and real,
really there
-present,
acknowledging you.

She cared
. . . about humanity,
you could tell that immediately.

The whole thing is very sad.
She is dead.
Murdered in New Orleans,
a city I will always love.
A city in despair
that may not be fixable
especially when we send more soldiers to Iraq
and quibble over minimum wage.

She was the epitomy of a creative spirit
who also cared about people and the world.

Only five minutes and yet
I feel this weight that I have been dragging
around with me.

Live your life,
your dreams.
Push yourself.
Stare this shit in the face and believe.

Believe in you,
your ability to create
a beautiful world for yourself and others.

There is no time to waste.


More info? Check out:
http://www.helenhill.org/
Beloved animator Helen Hill murdered in New Orleans
Taken by the Tide
Light Reading: For Helen Hill

4 comments:

bluegrrrrl said...

This is so tragic. I had heard about the rash of murders in NO in the first days of 2007, but not about specific individuals. She sounds like a wonderful woman, whose loss must be heart-wrenching for her family.

It is good to see you back, Margaret! I was out of town for a while myself and am looking forward to catching up on your posts about your Lebanon trip! Sounds like a great adventure.

Margaret said...

I hope you had a nice trip. Helen's death is a loss for the world.
It is good to hear from you again, too,bluegrrrrl !

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend M. Those who call NO home have gone through so much already that it hurts to know they continue to suffer so much. That city was a part of my childhoood and it is so hard to know that it may never be the same...especially for those whose roots still remain in that too soon forgotten city.

My husband's cousin is visiting us on a break from doing some work in NO. He says that the unofficial plan of the local NO govt is to not rebuild the 7th/8t/9th wards (some of the poorest wards closest to the levees). He has done construction for over 30 years and is down there doing the deconstruction of the buildings which are condemned/half destroyed. He says the city intends to take over that land and expand the commercial district. That can't be a good thing for those who called those wards home for generations given how the law of imminent domain is so cavalierly and ruthlessly enforced here in the south. While none of that is "officially" on the books as a reconstruction plan, who better can speak to what the real plans are than someone being asked to assist in it?

I am at a loss for words to describe that kind of hateful insensitivity to its former residents and the greed that precedes it.

A

Margaret said...

Thanks for the comments, A. I lived in New Orleans for 7 years and love the place. I hope you don't mind, but I am going to post your comments because people need to know what is happening to New Orleans.