Wise Poets – Jacinta V White – Gumbo Soil

Jacinta V White

Gumbo soil is great for growing cotton
& blueberries & heirloom roses
but is better for burying the dead
& stories & roots & family ties
& nonsense & quarrels & letters & coins & cigarette butts
& moonshine & past lives & past wives with boyfriends
& all things unspeakable & guilt & sin & worn shoes
& costume jewelry & faux fur & fake identities & hatchets
& all the harsh language ever spoken to you or against you
words that stink & slay & slash & fly out
all which cannot be unburied, deep
memories & gapped smiles & Southern charm
& lopsided history books & roots of willow trees still
trying to speak, if anyone will listen
& letters in boxes under floorboards & bruised photos
& the feet of your too-late lover
standing graveside tearful & empty-handed


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