One More Time

I’m going to Mississippi
On a Greyhound bus
Get a summer pass
And I am going to stop
In every little town there is

Get off and walk around
And see what’s left after Walmart
And Katrina tore the place down
Drinking Cokes out of the box
And eating Zeros and Chick-O-Stiks

And dragging my feet in the dust
Under roadside pecan trees
And remembering all the dead folk
From back when I was small
And they weren’t dead yet

All summer I will ride
Between the Baptist and the Klan
Talking to kids and old men
About God and race and fishing
Til I am ready to ride the hound

Back down to home
Having seen my homeland
Enough for the rest of my life
I’ll spend my days in Palm Beach County
Writing about Pascagoula and Brooklyn.


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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4 Responses to One More Time

  1. …even with the extra h.

  2. Like it a lot: “after Walmart and Kathrina” has the sound of an era defining phrase.

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