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Two Poems
by Eddie Edwards Draper

Mississippi River ~ Queen Of My Heart

        What a great marriage we've had
        We've traveled from Minnesota
        All the way to New Orleans

        Queen of my heart, my beautiful river
        You've cuddled me around every bend
        Your gentle ebb and flow
        Has laid me on your levees
        As we embraced along your banks.

        I hope our journey never ends
        As we roll out to sea
        My outstretched wake will follow you
        Queen of my heart, my river and me.

        You call me Mississippi, I call you Queen
        Hand in hand we travel
        Two tug boats in the night
        Remember those ol' paddle wheels?
        We made the current turn
        Beneath those wooden swirls.

        Every port we ever saw
        We never stopped
        We always flowed, my river and me.
        Our journey's almost over
        Someday we'll start anew
        Beginnings never end
        For my ol' River Queen and me.

That's All That's Left To Do

        My dearest Suzanna
        Vicksburg is falling all around us
        The Yankees took the river
        We have no food, no supplies.

        This may be my last letter to you, my love,
        I don't know what tomorrow will bring,
        We are cold and hungry
        Some of the guys killed a horse tonight.
        I just could not eat "Ole Satin,"
        Three slices of bacon was all I had.

        I miss your Southern smile and hugs.
        A bunch of us are breaking rank tomorrow,
        We are walking north. No shoes.
        That's all that's left to do.

        The cannon balls keep us awake.
        The tents leak. Such a relentless rain.
        Please hug our little Jessica.
        Daddy's coming home.
        This war is hell
        And writing this is tearing me apart.

        My Suzanna,
        I miss you and I love you,
        And that's all that's left to do.

    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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