Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

Etheridge Knight Poems

1. Vigo County 4/7/2010
2. Cell Song 4/7/2010
3. He Sees Through Stone 4/7/2010
4. The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) 4/7/2010
5. As You Leave Me 1/13/2003
6. The Idea Of Ancestry 1/20/2003
7. A Poem For Myself 7/19/2003
Best Poem of Etheridge Knight

A Poem For Myself

I was born in Mississippi;
I walked barefooted thru the mud.
Born black in Mississippi,
Walked barefooted thru the mud.
But, when I reached the age of twelve
I left that place for good.
My daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
Said my daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
When I left that Sunday morning
He was leaning on the barnyard gate.
Left my mama standing
With the sun shining in her eyes.
Left her standing in the yard
With the sun shining in her eyes.
And I headed North
As straight as the Wild Goose ...

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