NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 123

SON OF MSIPPI Up from Msippi I grew. (Bare walk and cane stalk make a hungry belly talk.) Up from the river of death. (Walk bare and stalk cane make a hungry belly talk.) Up from Msippi I grew Up from the river of pain. Out of the long red earth, dipping, and rising spreading out in deltas and plains, out of the strong black earth turning over the iron plough, out of the swamp green earth dripping with moss and snakes, Cane-sweat river-boat nigger-bone floating. Up from Msippi I grew, wailing a song with every strain. Woman gone woe man F