Bunky's Song

Lucky Mud
Mike McKinney


This is the song of the Apalachicola River. My friend Bunky grew up along its banks and it shaped her life. She's so much like the River to me that it seemed natural to name the song after her.


Bright stars float on still, black water Heat like a panther rises slow Wind like a snake slithers on the river It rattles the fronds of the palmetto Frog shouts out as the rising moon Spills a pool of milk-white light Gator growls back from the muddy bank And the Apalachicola comes alive at night My boat floats like a leaf on the water Lying on my back, looking at the sky The wood hull creaks like saddle leather Sweat trickles down and burns my eyes Somebody somewhere is causing trouble Some big city hears a siren wail But on the Apalachicola the night bird's singing And the Milky Way looks like a comet's tail Then, there's the faraway rumble of a shrimp boat working And the distant whistle of a factory Dawn starts erasing all the stars from the heavens And the Apalachicola is calling me "Stay," she says in a lover's whisper "Drift a little longer on my gentle bed Stay with me and none will harm you Linger here with me," the River said "Linger here with me," the River said.

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