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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

Comment 3 of 3, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:02 AM.

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Comment 1 of 3, added on January 4th, 2009 at 9:21 PM.

This poem keeps the memory of little Emmett Till alive... I read it a feel such sadness for him. It's a lovely poem that will keep his spirit going...
I am so outraged and distraught by the injustice of his ongoing case... We all know that those men are guilty. How people can be so cruel to such an innocent boy I do not know, he deserves justice. This poem is awareness to this and will live on forever more. Rest in peace little Emmett

Heather from United Kingdom

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