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Spring 1931

Northern black
boy traveling
with empty belly;
these are the American
blues,
shanties, and fine
big houses, a sad
song
on a poor man’s tongue
land of cotton and trouble
night sweet as dusk
on its gentle people
until today,
when
Scottsboro
was just a place
where the train
had to stop
and the Southern
night
was beautiful
I traveled
hungry
from Memphis to Georgia
drinking my whiskey
and
singing my blues

Credit


From Folks Like Me (Zoland Books, 1993) by Sam Cornish. Copyright © 1993 by Sam Cornish. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Sam Cornish

Sam Cornish authored ten books of poetry, including Dead Beats (Ibbetson Street Press, 2011).

Date Published: 2015-04-15

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/spring-1931