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  1. tichaona

    tichaona Active Member MEMBER

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    Mississippi

    Coldness curls
    the small of my back
    when you’re angry with me.
    Unease takes up position at my bedside
    ready to rob me of sleep

    but still I dream.

    See me
    a young tree, a sapling even
    on the banks of the frozen Mississippi
    my roots gnarled and arthritic
    as I attempt to insinuate them
    into the icy ground.

    A singer woman walks by me
    the warmth of her voice contradicting
    the sadness of her words.
    My branches bend toward her
    as the wind carries my protest.

    How can it be that there ain’t no way?

    The wind thrashes my bent body
    tearing my branches off
    only to beat them on the ground
    the sound a heartbeat
    that accompanies the woman’s song
    as I mourn my loss of wholeness.

    Oh, how can the roots take ground
    when the trunk is hurting?
    Oh, how can it be that the river, the water of life
    can be against me, too
    as it thaws and overflows the banks
    snatching up my branches
    and the singer woman.

    And they come to collect my tears
    calling them sap as they bear them away
    in their cotton field boots
    leaving me forlorn and cold.

    And I remain there
    while the winter and the wind passes
    the movement of my roots suspended

    and the woman thrashes in her sleep
    while she dreams me
    her body turning, seeking the sun
    that doesn’t exist in this season.

    Her movement counteracting the frost
    her movement sunshine itself
    which encourages my roots
    to penetrate deeper

    because somewhere in the layers
    of the dream where i represent her
    is the living, healing memory of warmth.



    © 2004 Tichaona M. Chinyelu All Rights Reserved
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    well laid out tyte write flow on poet !
     
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    Lovin the uniqueness and creativity of this flow, Tichaona. :welldone:
     
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    Well poet, I loved your personification of the tree in this. Your description almost gave me shivers. Your creativity is awesome.
     
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    lilcherry76 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    comparing tears to sap? i love it! beautiful piece.........one love
     
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    tichaona Active Member MEMBER

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    thanks y'all for the supportive words.
     
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    most welcome thank u for sharing a piece of your poetic hand
     
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