Crossroads Poem By Forrest Hamer

Crossroads Poem By Forrest Hamer

Crossed over the river and the river went dry
Crossed over the river, the river went dry
Saw myself drowning and I couldn’t see why
Come up for air and the day said noon
Come up for air, said the air read noon
Day said, Son, you better mind something soon
Sink back down, felt my spirits leave high
Sink back down, I felt my spirits lift high
Didn’t know if I was gonna die
A man give his hand and he pulled me to the shore
Man give his hand, pulled me over to the shore
Told me if I come I wouldn’t drown no more
Me and the man walked and talked all day and night
Me and the man, we walked, we talked all day and night
We startled wrestling till the very lip of light
I put my mind on evil sitting in my soul
Put my mind on evil just a-sitting on my soul
Struggling with the devil make a soul old
I looked at my face and my life look small
Looked hard at my face and this life it look so small
All of a sudden didn’t bother me at all
Returned to the river and I stood at the shore,
Went back to the river and I stood right at the shore
Decided to myself needn’t fight no more

Forrest Hamer
first published in TriQuarterly, no. 103, Fall 1998
also from Middle Ea

Crossroads Poem By Forrest Hamer

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