Americana — Poetry by Dr. Ernest Williamson III

Forty-nine pounds,
lank and free.
nine years old
a sort of stick-man
yet still a boy,
with reddish eyes
brown hair
but there
and found even beneath
the arms.

Summer was a stolid beauty of a scene
but Spring danced with subtle jest
as red jasmine breezes
molested the sky.
a breed of smog and peace emerged.
but nine isn’t a memory,
it’s my lucky number.
nine fingers.
nine dollars saved.
nine lives to celebrate.
nine letters of my true name.
Old Glory!
nine years before

Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 550 national and international online and print journals. Professor Williamson has published poetry in journals such as The Oklahoma Review, Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, and The Copperfield Review. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as The Columbia Review, The GW Review, and Fiction Fix. Many of his works have been published in journals representing over 70 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University and his poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. Williamson holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis and a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Seton Hall University.

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