April 22, 2007

James A. Emanuel: “Emmett Till”

Posted in Poetry at 8:00 am by The Lizard Queen

Emmett Till

I hear a whistling
Through the water.
Little Emmett
Won’t be still.
He keeps floating
Round the darkness,
Edging through
The silent chill.
Tell me, please,
That bedtime story
Of the fairy
River Boy
Who swims forever,
Deep in treasures,
Necklaced in
A coral toy.

–James A. Emanuel, 1968

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