After Appomattox

by Gary Hardaway

The Confederates should have hung
from trees and gallows throughout the south
to celebrate the spring of 1865.
The renegade states- Virginia, Georgia,
Texas, and the rest- should have lost their names
and been reconstrued as fresh new territories.
The lands the hung once held by deed
should have been reclaimed as public lands
and granted to the aboriginals and slaves
the worst of the Dutch and English deprived
of land and liberty. As a son of the south,
I would never have been born- a small
price to pay in order not to suffer
an endless loathing of personal history.