I Am The Mississipi
Bag is Hot / Redemption City ()
2012


Along the edge of the Mississippi
A thousand hearts bleed
My heart looking for something to execute
In the Mississippi
Up against this current
My heart so alive
Submerged in the airless dark
Who could hold me here?
Who could hold me down?
Sitting on the edge
Of the Mississippi
Rivers of slaves
Rivers of bones
I have been down her
Across generations
A lifetime ago I was sold amongst thieves
I don't ignore the cries
I hear them
I am conscious along the Mississippi
Hear the footsteps of ghosts
Hear them scream
Behind me
I see their boats sink
But I am very alive
She draws me to her breath
She whispers with her voice
Her comfort
All I want or need
Alone on a Saturday night
Me… and the Mississippi
Two rivers flowing together
Flowing eternal
A river of darkness
A river of light
Blend as one
Together against the impossible
Ends we face
Our lunatic charm
She can never claim me
Nor I her
We flow together eternal
We flow together as one
And I am the Mississippi

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This spoken piece was shared on Bag is Hot on 18 August 2010
and then released on Redemption City on 2012