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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