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James A. Emanuel - Emmett Till *

I hear a whistling
Through the water.
Little Emmett
Won't be still.
He keeps floating
Round the darkness,
Edging through
The silent chill.
Tell me, please,
That bedtime story
Of the fairy
River Boy
Who swims forever,
Deep in treasures,
Necklaced in
A coral toy.

*  In 1955, Till, a fourteen-year-old from Chicago, for
allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, was murdered
by white men who tied a gin mill fan around his neck and threw his
body into the Tallahatchie River.


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Poet: James A. Emanuel
Poem: Emmett Till *
Volume: Whole Grain: Collected Poems, 1958-1989
Year: Published/Written in 1991
Poem of the Day: May 9 2015

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