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Two Poems
by Eddie Edwards Draper


        You don't know what life is
        eight months going nine-
        Not yet a year has passed your eyes
        but you will know in time--
        Yes, we will protect you
        forget sorrow - forget crime--
        A parent is an umbrella
        thru the ages - thru all time--
        Ecstasy as morning breaks
        no tears at mooring night--
        A tender hand will always shade
        you from the worldly light--


          Just a plaintiff
          in the trial of life
          Juries' conscience
          often fails
          And sends a coffin - to a man
          whose only sin - no bail--
          Death watch follows
          every step
          Aghast, the angels
          float to neigh-
          And holy nights
          can't save a man
          whose destiny is thine--
          Innocence recalls
          a kinder day
          Too tired to try
          the break and pain-
          And one resolve
          no trial can break-
          that justice
          is a two-faced lane--

    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.


    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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