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R. W. Haynes: A Heavenly Dream


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/d6kSvT2xZQo) 14.07.2022.



Slap That Mosquito, Phaedrus, My Friend


Yeah, we split the atom long ago

Down there in good old Statenville,

With a .22 rifle and some time to kill

We learned everything we needed to know.

The bullfrogs would bellow the whole truth at night,

And the yellow flies’ malice harmonized the theme,

While old books drew forth a heavenly dream,

And Plato pranced in the piney-woods light.

Yeah, that Alapaha River cleans itself out

Every ten feet, just as history

Does the same in mind, irrevocably,

The future sunlit, the past in shady doubt.

Here’s the flatwoods wisdom. Here’s the goods

Straight from the Olympus of the flatwoods.




 



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