Monday, January 20, 2003

The Idea Of Ancestry Comments

Rating: 3.4
Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
faces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-
fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,
cousins (1st and 2nd), nieces, and nephews.They stare


* Sunprincess * 13 January 2017
...thanks to, I found the second half of the poem -Each fall the graves of my grandfathers call me, the brown hills and red gullies of mississippi send out their electric messages, galvanizing my genes. Last yr/like a salmon quitting the cold ocean-leaping and bucking up his birth stream/I hitchhiked my way from LA with 16 caps in my pocket and a monkey on my back. And I almost kicked it with the kinfolks. I walked barefooted in my grandmother’s backyard/I smelled the old land and the woods/I sipped cornwhiskey from fruit jars with the men/ I flirted with the women/I had a ball till the caps ran out and my habit came down. That night I looked at my grandmother and split/my guts were screaming for junk/but I was almost contented/I had almost caught up with me. (The next day in Memphis I cracked a croaker’s crib for a fix.) This yr there is a gray stone wall damming my stream, and when the falling leaves stir my genes, I pace my cell or flop on my bunk and stare at 47 black faces across the space. I am all of them, they are all of me, I am me, they are thee, and I have no children to float in the space between.-
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* Sunprincess * 13 January 2017
....indeed excellent poetry of family ties ? 'I am all of them, they are all of me' a wonderful line which takes us deep into the ancestry tree
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Dutendra Chamling 15 November 2015
...I know their dark eyes, they know mine.I know their style, they know mine.I am all of them, they are all of me; they are farmers, I am a thief, I am me, they are thee... Beautiful.
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Verter Mcdougald 25 August 2015
I can really feel this poem deep in my soul. I understand it on so many levels. I love it. Absolutely great work.
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Edward Kofi Louis 25 August 2015
Nice work with the muse of your family tree.
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Ramesh T A 25 August 2015
Another poem on ghost of elders depicted with awesome effect in this poem!
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Curtis Johnson 25 August 2015
Etheridge, I enjoyed reading your poem. The 47 faces on the wall, your 7 year old niece, and your 93 year old grandmother. I must say that these are your treasures, to be held close to your heart. Never let them fade, grow apart, or forget you. They are God's gifts to you.
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Kim Barney 25 August 2015
Curtis, you are talking to someone who died in 1991!
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Kim Barney 25 August 2015
M Hinton says the poem is actually twice as long as appears here. Why does PH do that to us? This was a fascinating poem until it stopped abruptly. I could certainly have read more of it.
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M Hinton 24 January 2005
FYI: This poem is actually twice as long as appears here.
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