A Poem For Myself Poem by Etheridge Knight

A Poem For Myself

Rating: 3.8


I was born in Mississippi;
I walked barefooted thru the mud.
Born black in Mississippi,
Walked barefooted thru the mud.
But, when I reached the age of twelve
I left that place for good.
My daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
Said my daddy chopped cotton
And he drank his liquor straight.
When I left that Sunday morning
He was leaning on the barnyard gate.
Left my mama standing
With the sun shining in her eyes.
Left her standing in the yard
With the sun shining in her eyes.
And I headed North
As straight as the Wild Goose Flies,
I been to Detroit & Chicago
Been to New York city too.
I been to Detroit & Chicago
Been to New York city too.
Said I done strolled all those funky avenues
I'm still the same old black boy with the same old blues.
Going back to Mississippi
This time to stay for good
Going back to Mississippi
This time to stay for good-
Gonna be free in Mississippi
Or dead in the Mississippi mud.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 25 July 2015

Gonna be free in Mississippi Or dead in the Mississippi mud. his soul sings all his pain

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Walterrean Salley 05 May 2012

In spite of a very hard life, but somehow discovered that, truly, there is no place like home.

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Egal Bohen 11 February 2006

I like this one a lot - probably because Mississippi is a magic word for me, show me that stream called the river Jordan......... Thanks Egal...

5 4 Reply
Not Yer Buissiness 01 February 2007

This poem is really powerful! Nice!

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Karen Sinclair 09 July 2012

loved this piece...seems songlike but that made me sing through the words....there is a wonderful balance of joy honesty and pain.. great how it went full circle from the mud in mississippi.tyvm...karen

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Lerato 02 September 2018

We could learn a lot from this

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Susan Williams 26 March 2018

Again he is the master artist of the moment caught in his poetic verse better than it would be caught by a camera- the repetition strengthens the past but lays the path to the future- -Knight is a supreme poet

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Upendra Upm 26 March 2018

it speaks volume about the predicament of an individual.

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M Asim Nehal 18 July 2016

The pain of the poet in his poem writing about him is very strong and poignant......Nicely written poem.

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* Sunprincess * 15 February 2016

............a very nicely penned blues poem ?

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