was born in south carolina without a
hospital the possibility or doctors
nurses proctoring was born with a
potbelly stove eating apple butter

jelly roll pound cake frost
from the plate was born
in the woods way back
down a dirt road

the sounds of crickets fat toads
dogs barking people talking behind
my back pickup truck flatbed
SUVs winnebago celery seed

was born with dead carcasses
in black midnight no little night
light below mason dixon
along the mississippi twains

steamboat terre haute indiana
call me jew call me gringo call me
blanco esperanzo frito negrito
call me Dixie bell beneath a

georgia column was born drinking
soda water fathers aunts cousins
bugging fly swatter used behind
the screen door was born poor
back to church was born out of hurt.