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On Crooked River, Lee Zumpe

Twilight descends on Crooked River,

darkness swathes the marsh grass,

filters through the surrounding

pine scrub.

I sense the fragile crossing between day

and night, when witch-fires

glow in the lowlands and graveyards


The rustic charm of southern Georgia

appeals to me no more,

but I am trapped in the serpentine sweep

of the water.

Wormy lungs and a mouthful of mud,

I have no voice to protest

my unfortunate interment on

Crooked River.


Lee Clark Zumpe, an entertainment columnist with Tampa Bay Newspapers, has been writing poetry and fiction for more years than he cares to publicly disclose. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals and genre magazines.

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