Dogwoods and peach trees will bloom soon,
Patching white-pink beauty across highways
And state lines where rusted kudzu- covered
Signs spread lies that bite like sand flies.
Voices rise over backseat bus rides and echo
Through the Alabama green grass hills:
We Dare Defend our Rights as long as we are white.
Charleston-white paint peels from crumbling
Plantations while Proud Boys chant in the streets:
While I Breathe, I Hope blood and soil, now we choke.
Mississippi magnolias stand proud in a crooked way
Over the Delta where toads and Jim-Crows sing:
By Valor and Arms racism is just a part of Southern charm.
In Georgia, thrashers warble from the mountain loblollies
Down into the dusty peanut plains where old words grow again:
Wisdom, Justice, Moderation welcome to the new nation.