"Southern Tourism " ....one observation.

What truth lies behind the pillars?

In the ice water dining rooms of the
southern mansions
There remains the echo
of ice clinking glasses
and another story yet
It reverberates among the halls of ivory
too and the towers of
southern history
What is preserved but the truth?
No I fear not

And I went once to the battlefield
where histories were rewritten
and then retold by the
rebel supremacists
the one with the confederate flag tattooed
to his half hidden neckline
"That Sherman was a Bastard"
he expelled

But then lets go back to the
Greek columned sugar
cane kingdom of regrets
Where you may see Italian
ivory on the mantel
and the old ladies that
recall grampa's gifts
to the south

But wait ....whats wrong
with the picture
Where not one whip is preserved behind the
velvet chains in the alcove
not one
No and where on earth is
the bear trap with no
teeth so as not to break the leg
of the runaway slaves

Or the hole shoveled into the earth
for the pregnant black girl's
belly to fit when she's
being whipped
Don't hurt the baby!
Turn loose the hounds that
tear the flesh and limbs
along the moss covered

We have successfully rewritten our
great histories well my
friends What is it they say?
"To the victor go the spoils"
And yet I say
To the darkest hidden corners
goes the truth

I have toured the southern palaces and listened to the sterilized versions of history, And mark my words ! The north has its own too . Yet I wonder , when history is done playing with mankind and mankind himself becomes some mythological creature of past existence
will the truth be part of the stories that are remembered by the gods?

Comments 16 comments

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dear Ahorseback,

I have been to some of the old historical places in the south and you are so right...the ugliness of the past still morns through out. May we never forget from which this country was born and on who's backs it was made and managed.

Thank you for a powerful piece


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Excellent! There is nothing like sanitizing things to gloss over history.

Someone called history "a lie agreed upon."

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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Really neat! Voted up

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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You have put it so well, succinct and with feeling. Awesome.

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

YOU are incredible...truly - i do not exaggerate! This gave me goosebumps and pissed me off - so - it must be good! History has been rewritten - no american can ever be 'bad', eh? Hide the whips, hide the beartraps...pretend it never happened..then blame them for not having jobs! It's beyond my ken!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

It's so true. The south has always been so romanticized that no one can see past the southern bells and gentlemen. I know there is so much more to the history than that.

Daddy'sGirl 4 years ago

Very good....and bravo! Ten thumbs up dad!

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

SunnyDay , Thank you for always smiling !..........You gotta love a smile !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

xstatic , yes" A lie we agree upon " Interesting , ! .....:-}

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Sommer , thank you ....and I vote you up!

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Blossom thank you , I have had a couple of experiences in the south that bothered me a bit ! Yet its probably here as well ! ........be well

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn , America too has a hidden history of human frialties ! Don't let ANYONE fool you , But to give you goosebumps and piss you off !??!......I've never affected a woman that way ! I guess I'm learning though ......er I think !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Gypsy Rose flower ! lol....And in truth the north as well has a past ! Thank you !

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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hello my sweeet Sothern Belle daughter !.........Now theres a lady !oxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxDad

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

You really are so very gifted my dear friend ad I am so glad to be able to share your wonderful words.

I wish you a wonderful weekend my friend.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Eddwen ! The gifted one is you !. I am but a vessel of words , of poetry or stories . A stone with weight enough to fall into the depths of the water that I'm thrown! .....you though are a better half to the rest of us !........:-}

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