The Neuse hangs a thin thread
Choking fish swim to hogs in lagoons,
Chickens chewing tobacco bloody:
Banks green from all sources.
Floyd and Fran played havoc in the trees
Picnics washed with sands and rocks gone;
The Cliffs blooming death’s diseased runoff
Neusiok artifacts hidden under memories of dirt.
Plantations swayed swallowed by swells of sorrow
Tar traveled feeding colonies transit
Territory reborn with religion and carpet bags
Pushing stones to creeks and lakes for dams.
Ironclad raised and torched rebelling
Kinston holds fierce proud union remade
Mouth drifting debris from battles on shores not arrived
For sons and daughters of infested bottomland.
Runways soaked soil of grain New Bern to Raleigh
Pilots fly Goldsboro home drying
Seven counties kept alive moving levels
To the ocean and back to man shifting cities.