NATIONAL SENIOR POET
HONOR SCROLL AWARD
CARRY ME HIGH
Carry me high to my resting place,
strong young men with backs of brawn;
carry me under the drooping leaves
of willow trees in dew-wet dawn.
Carry me high in the searing sun,
shuffle the dust that’s scorched and brown.
Carry me high in the noonday light,
I’ll wear its gold as my final crown.
The sun will set on my resting place.
Strong young men bend knee and thigh
to touch the grass and roughened earth.
It’s my final trip home, so carry me high.
Judy Davies, 70, Gautier, was Mississippi Senior Poet Laureate in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She is a retired professional French hornist and manages her husband's music and book publishing business. Judy released her first book of poetry, Poetic Images, in 2011. In 2012 she and her husband, Ken, released Poetic Soundscapes, their first collaborative CD of Judy's poetry with his custom-crafted music. Judy writes both poetry and prose, is the recipient of numerous awards and has been published internationally. “Carry Me High” won the 2013 National Honor Scroll Award. Judy’s astrological sign is Leo.