Dad Still Doesn't Know the South Lost the Civil War

 

My heart has been a long time spent –

a cased cadaver all veil and veneer.

A cumbersome wreck of lovers in haylofts

who make love over straw.

 

A cased cadaver all veil and veneer

where Daddy’s got a gun and a brain for war

but they make love over straw

and keep one eye on the dead bolt.

 

Where Daddy’s got a gun and a brain for war,

and has a fist and a battering ram,

and keeps one eye on the dead bolt,

and solves all troubles with his 45.

 

Like a fist and a battering ram,

we’re a cumbersome wreck of lovers in haylofts.

All our troubles start with his 45.

My heart has been a long time spent.

'Dad Still Doesn’t Know the South Lost the Civil War' is a poem I wrote in 2018. It was published in Third Point Press, which you can view online.

The accompanying photography for this piece was shot by Audrey Gretz.