the old southern generations
call soda "cold drinks"
and gas stations are "filling stations"
where they take their automobiles
to fill with gasoline from foreign soils
and when they were young
they would drink cheap beer
and lose their virginity
in the backs of pick-up trucks
with their high school sweet hearts
while listening to sappy country love songs
on fm radio
and go to an old baptist church on sunday
to kneel at an alter
and beg their god for forgiveness
for engaging in activities of human nature
of which their god created them to do
through predestination
all the while never questioning
the drunken hypocrisy of existence

such is life,


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Written on 2015-09-22 at 19:51

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Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
Guilt and fear of sex and intimacy was taught by the churches as a bad and sinful practice in order to keep unwanted pregnancies from happening before birth control, but I think education would have saved people from unbearable suffering and shame. I enjoyed the old names for things. I wonder if much has changed.
The South is slow to change traditions. This is a very good poem.