Eva

Eva

Greenwood, MS

Eva: You know, Emmett Till was murdered around here. 

BW: Does everyone know that story around here?

Eva: Yeah, but people don't talk about it that much, because people try to put things way in the past. Even like segregation, we don't even talk about that. I guess it's considered taboo.  It's part of our past though. I don't think we should forget. It's our history. Every time they show a movie about it, I watch because, I be interested. I cry over it like it just happened. 

BW: What was it like growing up here?

Eva: My mom really was my backbone. She raised eight kids, all by herself. We moved here from Gulf Port, Mississippi when I was five years old. When we first moved to Greenwood it was mostly dirt roads. Not too many paved streets. It don't look like much now, but it was worse, trust me. 

My mom passed in 1999. But before she passed she taught us about the Lord. She was very into the church. I had just discovered that I had bipolar depression. I just thank God that he brought me through so much. That's why I want to get my poems out there, cause I want to help somebody who been through what I been through. 

BW: What do you think your favorite poem that you've written is?

Eva: I don't have a favorite, but I have some I can remember better than others. 

BW:  Will you tell me one?

Eva: The very first poem in my book is called To Anyone Who Hears. Sometimes you feel like no one hears you and you just crying out for help. That's what this poem about. 

To Anyone Who Hears

My heart is crying out for help so loud that tears come out of the very heart of my spirit.
Can anyone hear me?
They spill down my cheeks only after the fields of despair chase laughter from my lonely soul.
Can anyone hear me?
Calm down. 
Get a grip, they say
But how can I repair what I did not create?
Did I make my soul? 
I gave my spirit - no commands.
Can anyone hear me?

Lacy

Lacy

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