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Upon One Delta Night
. . . and selected poems by Eddie Edwards Draper

Upon One Delta Night

    The bayou glistens
      reflecting ducks
      the Mississippi Eve-

    A round of clouds
      pass overhead
      unmissed by searching eyes---

    An unheard hush
      that rests the ears
      befalls on summer's night-

    The silent stillness
      needs no crutch
      to hobble on to dawn---

Out On A Limb

    I'm a lonesome
      fallen leaf
      just dropped from
      Mama's tree-

    And as I drift
      this fearsome stream
      avoid the mouth
      of bass and trout-

    I float and bob
      yet prayer my course
      afraid I scamp
      to Destin's shore-

    I pass the fishers
      They stare my veins
      then cast anew-

    I made the second narrow thru
      my second guess - my plight -
      Around the bend
      horizon's wait - no turning back
      I share the current
      and miss you Mom---

Katie's Kitchen Floor

    Katie was a negro lass
      a kinder soul unseen-

    I've shook the hands
      of elite's class
      and dined on chinaware-

    But never have
      I wanted more
      to hear the tales
      on Katie's kitchen floor---

    Two mason jars
    two tattered plates
    A screen where flies flew free-
    An old wood stove
    where cornbread baked
    and yams too good for words---

    And never have
      I wanted more
      to hear the tales
      on Katie's kitchen floor---

    Sundays in the big house
    dressed up to the fine-
    Wisdom was nowhere around
    so we slipped out the door-
    And never have I wanted more
    to hear the tales on Katie's kitchen floor---

Eddie Draper is a native of the Mississippi Delta and is a regular contributor to USADS.
He now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a songwriter and musician.

Write Eddie at Gravel Road Music.


More Poems and stories by Eddie E. Draper ~
Miss Spongy
The Shadow Of Your Breath
My First Graderís First Picture
Upon One Delta Night
Out On A Limb
Katieís Kitchen Floor
Old Ditch
Lonesome Delta Field
Peckerwood Deadning
Delta Force
My Angel Must Have Just One Wing
Horizons Of My Heart
Pianos Have Their Form Of Soul
Peace On The Road
Trees Are Made Of Doors
Oh Distant Star
Upon The Candled Night
The Worldly Light
Itís Only Life
Mississippi River ~ Queen Of My Life
Thatís All Thatís Left To Do

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