Pushcart nominee: Robert Gray. The Day I Was Born.

27 Nov

Six of our beautiful writers have been nominated for the 2013 Pushcart prize. Over the next week, we will feature each of them, along with the nominated work.

Today’s nominee is Robert Gray. Rob is the author of two books of poems, DREW: Poems from Blue Water and I Wish That I Were Langston Hughes. He is currently at the University of South Alabama, where he works in the Innovation in Learning Center and teaches in the English Department. He lives in Mobile, Alabama.

The Day I Was Born

whenever i say i’m from alabama
people seem to want to ask
what it was like to hold that fire hose
if i ever had to answer i’d tell them
i was born the day that happened
they seem to want to ask
what it was like to bomb that church
and kill those little girls
i was born that day as well
i was born the day they marched across
the edmund pettus bridge
the day wallace made his stand
the day martin had his dream
the day he saw the mountaintop
and the day after that
i was born innocent
free of all the blood
shed that day
but i was born into blood
i still am washing from my hands

2 Responses to “Pushcart nominee: Robert Gray. The Day I Was Born.”

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  1. 7 contributors: new writing elsewhere | pea river journal - August 18, 2014

    […] of poems, Jesus Walks the Southland, that includes a few first seen in the pages of PRJ: “The Day I Was Born” and “Humidity“. From our blurb: “He mingles metaphysics, mourning, reverse […]

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