Maybe It Was Memphis Sung By Pam Tillis

What was I s’posed to do
Standin’ there lookin’ at you
I am not from the South,
I am from the West.
The South is what I succumbed to.
An allegory about the West:
a woman was swimming in the Pacific Ocean,
wearing a black wetsuit.
She came very close to some cute seals
and was eaten by a shark
who mistook her for a seal.
True story.
This is how you die in the West:
by trying too hard.
In the South, you don’t die,
because no one tries,
things just happen:
trip and you land on a strange boy’s hard cock


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This issue features 7 poems.