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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Which River Do I Take

Less than a mile away the Cahaba river bed does lay
To it's east the mighty Coosa river holds sway
To the west the great Black Warrior river
releases it's waters through it's gates

Which is my road, which river do I take?

My fathers of my father tilled the soil of the Coosa
I feel the blood rich of my heritage there
The Coosa and Talapoosa join to make the Alabama river
And flows past Selma where I was born

These waters have carried a heavy load

The Cahaba not more than a mile away
joins the little Cahaba where I'd my hours away
flows almost straight south and joins the Alabama
just below my Selma, here was once the state capital


Blood joins blood and flows to sea even futher south

What can I say of this sacred place, a river named
after a black Indian cheif. Tuscaloosa means black warior.
And black and mysterious are it's waters be
Flows past my University of Alabama

Oh, my sweat and blood how I annoint thee

All three treasures dear to my soul
How can I love one above
and look down at the others so cold
When all pour out the water's loving from my heart

Which river do I take on my way to heavens gate

Submitted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013


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  • $arah Pillai (4/3/2013 8:39:00 AM)

    'Which river do I take on my way to heavens gate just beautiful

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  • Ruth Fumble (3/27/2013 8:49:00 PM)

    pure awesomeness! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Kelvin Owusu (3/19/2013 1:50:00 AM)

    knowledge flows in this poem, an excellent poem

  • Nader Baheri (3/16/2013 5:53:00 AM)

    i feel a lament through this poem.
    i think there is some thing behind it.showing us the time passing, our past, and that the time is never going to be stop like the river never going to stop and always we have to keep lokking forward like a river, although it gave me the info about Alabama river.
    welldone~nb

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/14/2013 11:37:00 AM)

    A great poem on the history of by gone times. The finishing line is the highlight!

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/8/2013 9:26:00 PM)

    the history of civil war and other useful information for the readers. TAR. beautiful poem..

  • Unwritten Soul (3/8/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    Which river do you take, but you are here now with its flow..by time with the stream of memory...and mind melody..so melancholic under nostalgic rhymes_Soul

  • Neela Nath (3/7/2013 10:28:00 AM)

    So wonderful thought. One must be in dilemma if is asked to select one among his dear things.

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