Mississippi River Nightmare…

29 Feb


 Mississippi River


Mississippi River Nightmare…

Uncovered and wrinkled is my sack, a gigantic hump on my

Back.  Frost clutches to these old rags, my body is covered

With burlap bags.

My flesh like ashes my face tinged with blue, my chest

Rattles, my lungs sucking in morning dew.  I have

Traveled on the railroad back and forth, does not matter

Where, south or north.

I sometimes walk city streets when they are dark and dead,

The side of a railroad is where I make my bed.  I eat my

Food from old tin cans, I will steal candy from little hands.

I scream for the warmth I see coming from the riverbank,

A bright fire, from this cold I do tire.  I think that I am

Burning, I smell smoldering hair, my arms are thrashing in the


I see evil darkness, what is this madness, I feel spiritually ill,

Then, I gasp in horror when I realize that I am dead.  Here on

This cold and damp riverbank someone has severed my head.





Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Death, Fear, Murder,, Poetry


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8 responses to “Mississippi River Nightmare…

  1. Wade Lancaster

    February 29, 2016 at 5:53 am

    A wonderful poem Elizabeth. You paint vivid imagination in words. Superb!

    Liked by 1 person

    • elizabeth ann johnson-murphree

      February 29, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Thank you…it was different for me; try to mix it up at times, let the imagination go spinning off. Take care my blogging friend. E

      Liked by 1 person

  2. mukul chand

    February 29, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Great Post

    Liked by 1 person


    February 29, 2016 at 7:46 am

    imaginative indeed…your words created the portrait in my head…”.Frost clutches to these old rags”–love that line and so many of the others! you carried me all the way through! Great narrative poem!


  4. tmezpoetry

    February 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, this is really good and very connecting to deeper level. Nice work Elizabeth.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bowmanauthor

    February 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Wow! One heck of a ghost story!

    Liked by 2 people

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