Long time readers of my work might remember this piece originally being shaped like a tree. That won’t work here. Still, I hope you find it interesting. Thanks for reading.
Homicidal Etiquette (An ode to murder in Kanawha State Forest)
Thanks to Davy “the Forestbard” Jones; sorry we never made it by.
They say you can see her spirit
on the big rock down Dunlop Holler
on the seventeenth of June.
In glowing white, I imagine.
The anniversary of her death, I guess.
I never knew her.
I do know where the Hangin’ Tree is though;
it’s over on Campsite 35
with two arms reaching toward Heaven,
maybe asking for forgiveness.
Why would someone use
such a piece of beauty
to accomplish such an ugly deed?
People shouldn’t be hanged from trees.
They should be hanged from
metal bars or heads of
showers in rented hotel rooms.
Humanity caused the hate;
its devices should be used to end it,
not something as lovely as this.
I’ll speak to her about this on
the seventeenth of June,
if she happens to show.