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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Coming Home Memphis

My tailpipe spewing out acid rain
I am M-i... on my way
To s-s-i-s-s and be damned
What I say...-i-p-p-i

Crossing the state line is heaven's door
I am released, hit the floor
Old leadfoot is on his way

Coffee and whiskey my mainstay
Haul'n fast and reliably
No matter what they say

Tupelo... past it's gates
New Albany is gone
Holly Springs was a pleasantry passing
Memphis coming home

Cotton dust tastebud stuff
You can call'em hills
If you must

Pine or oak whatever your choice
Mississippi soiled your luck
Tunica technically trounced you

78 or 55 I feel alive
Middle of the white line I glide
Coming home to Memphis
Inside I am outside of myself

Submitted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 20, 2013


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  • Patricia Grantham (9/4/2013 2:57:00 PM)

    A very joyous ride to your down home Mississippi. Had to have been a place that
    you enjoyed growing up as a child. The line that your tailpipe was spewing out acid
    rain only added to the gaity of your poem. I am sure it did not do anything to better
    the environment (smile) . An awesome write.

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  • Princess Lilypad (9/1/2013 2:34:00 AM)

    Make a great song. i' m a musician, I could hear a chugging accompniament, anticipation, but getting to where you always are. we have all felt this. fine expression indeed.

  • Dinesh Nair (8/28/2013 8:58:00 AM)

    Amidst all these obstacles our human spirit triumphs and nestles back in our dear inner self after initial flopping. The home coming portrayed time and again tells me, Hey man, have you ever lived a man`s life of the kind? My little joys of the teen age that included swimming in the shallow waters of our village and later daring to close down the college gates while striking against a system or a machinery all vanish from memory when I read these lines of manly recollection of yours Thomson.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/28/2013 7:00:00 AM)

    Lovely journey to home...Memphis. I don't know much regarding this place...I searched in internet...Beautiful place captured in this lovely poem.

  • Dipy Hermonite (8/26/2013 1:53:00 PM)

    I loved the journey that you described while you were going home.good write.

  • Heather Wilkins (8/24/2013 4:16:00 PM)

    a southern boy coming home nice write

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/23/2013 8:56:00 PM)

    A nice poem on the lap of modernity well wrote and composed nice to have with you in many places

  • David Wood (8/23/2013 5:40:00 AM)

    There is nothing like coming home after a long journey.

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (8/22/2013 5:54:00 AM)

    Wow awesome poetic ride trip, enjoyd d scenes all d way to memphis.
    Pls chk out my horses poem, my latest. Tnx

  • Dave Walker (8/22/2013 2:40:00 AM)

    A great poem, like it, like the first stanza on your way to Mississippi.
    A great write.

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