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Mississippi Moments

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I traveled to this lovely area with my son for my daughter's graduation from army boot camp, she became an army nurse.


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Mississippi Moments

History journeys along with its meandering flow as
a wide birth from bank to bank has eyes straining
trying to see across to the other side, far too wide.
Muddy rivulets stirred up by the river boats drift by
and my dreams become intertwined with what
I have read and the sleepy house boats floating near 
the banks that the river dwellers call home.

A huge stainless steel arch with its catenary curve 
looms gracefully nearby as a gateway of welcome,
built as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the
pioneers who braved making their way to St. Louis, 
why it is fondly called “the Gateway to the West.”
I felt as if the Arch was paying homage to the mighty
Mississippi with its tall shadow falling on her erratic waters.

Children were waving from the banks at contented tourists 
waving back as they drifted slowly by and time stood still 
with the music of the river taverns mingling with the 
contrasting sounds of riverboat whistles, and I drifted along 
with them sensing serene pleasure into another time and place.

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  1. Date: 7/2/2014 5:49:00 AM
    There is no other River like it. A very spiritual place. You have captured its essence in this beautiful narrative, Connie. Thank you for sharing. Lainie

  1. Date: 6/29/2014 9:41:00 PM
    This is very nicely written. I have never been to Mississippi, but it sounds like a place to visit and learn about it's history. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla

  1. Date: 6/16/2014 3:02:00 PM
    finally saw y our note to me in a reply here, Connie. how exciting to become an army nurse! I hope this day finds you well. And keeping your hubbie in my prayers. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/13/2014 10:55:00 PM
    When I read this I feel as if I am there! Beautiful poem!

  1. Date: 6/13/2014 9:10:00 PM
    'The old man', 'The big Muddy', from north to south a river that ran like vein through this land. Measuring mens hearts and dreams. People lived and died for that river. It was in antebellum days the war of the west. Grant was general and until being called to Virginia he held it well. We that grew up there remember it differently. Nevertheless a great write. I question you on your knowledge of such a great river and it's history. ~Kilmer

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 6/13/2014 10:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comment Stephen. I am only speaking of a moment, my moment and how I felt when visiting the area. I know there is a great history connected to the river as I mention in my first line. I thank you for adding some interesting information for others to enjoy too. Alpha, Connie Read About this poem comment.
  1. Date: 6/10/2014 10:05:00 PM
    Nice tribute to that fabled river! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 6/10/2014 1:19:00 AM
    Hi Connie, the Mississippi river has always fascinated me. ever since I heard Paul Robeson sing 'Old man River' Great poem, my friend....peter

  1. Date: 6/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
    Connie, a fun and delightful read that was superbly written.. You've done it again!!

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 3:41:00 PM
    - A pleasant poem to read, Connie :) - skilfully written and a beautiful picture to share - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 6/8/2014 3:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you kindly Anne Lise. Aloha, Connie
  1. Date: 6/8/2014 2:01:00 PM
    This is exciting! Superb line breaks, and the flow is the Mississippi's Soul... I wish, I would've penned my new fav!

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 6/8/2014 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow! What a nice compliment Scribe. Thank you very much and so happy to hear it is a Fav. Aloha, Connie
  1. Date: 6/8/2014 11:05:00 AM
    wow, Connie, OUTSTANDING new verse from you. I grew up on a Mississippi river front city, so I can really relate to this. Such nostalgia in tis one. FAVE. and soupmail.

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 6/8/2014 2:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh, thanks so much for fav'ing this Andrea. I left a note in "about this poem" that says my son and I traveled there to attend my daughter's graduation from Ft. Leonard wood army boot camp. She became an army nurse. So glad you liked this.
  1. Date: 6/8/2014 10:19:00 AM
    Lovely poem Thanks for your kind comment on my poem

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 9:30:00 AM
    A beautiful narrative, Connie!!

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 8:31:00 AM
    Simply beautiful , You took me right along with you , I loved the journey .

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 8:26:00 AM
    My mother was from the big M. Tupelo to be exact. Great scenery there and loads of hills too. A great narrative write my friend!!!! BRAVOOOO!!

  1. Date: 6/8/2014 6:44:00 AM
    this is very good narrative verse; so many poems labelled as narrative are actually not, but here you have nailed it, and painted a very vivid and interesting picture of this famous river and the surrounding area...btw thanks for your uplifting comments; neither of those two poems did well in the contests; lucy's diary was an HM and the nonet didn't place at all...thanks, too, for the info and link you gave, I'll certainly check it out :)

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 6/8/2014 3:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Charlotte. In the "about this poem section" I mention that my son and I visited there when my daughter graduated Army Boot camp at Ft. Leonard wood, Mo. She became an army nurse. Aloha, Connie
  1. Date: 6/8/2014 3:11:00 AM
    My "associations" with "Mississippi" start with Tom Sawyer and H. Finn.. (and the yelling of the right spelling of the name of that river with the whole class and I can actually HEAR the fun we had) THIS was one of the first introductions to 'American books" when I was a kid.. This poem paints a poetical picture I can relate to... while my childhood memory is being colored more intensely. A FAV! Dutch greetings Elly

    Wouterse Avatar Elly Wouterse
    Date: 6/8/2014 3:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Imagine - skipping rope (up to 20 girls) with the whole class yelling the M word :-)