You started out
as a curious traveler inside the
of my body.
You inhabited the first vein.
You moved on to the main
Then you became
my very own
“Southerners live uneasily at the nexus between myth and reality, watching the mishmash amalgam of sorrow, humility, honor, graciousness, and renegade defiance play out against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty.”
Photograph by Sally Mann, from Deep South (Bulfinch, 2005)