Deep South

By Theresa C. Gaynord

PROMPT—My white privilege ...

The Natives' Perspective


Tonight, love longs for the land of forsaken places bring out the smell

of wet clay. I had walked through the old fairgrounds the day before, but

this night I was under her watchful gaze. She's here among the fireflies in

a jar, the snow cones, and Ferris wheel. Victorian wind chimes in her honor.

We stalk each other, she in her vintage tea gown, I in my blue jeans and

rosary beads. Half doll trinket boxes serve as prizes for the random wheel

game as a dove aviary sets the ambience on the lemonade ball jar stand.

I am being reborn in the womb of her earth formed by the mighty Mississippi,

Red, Pearl, Sabine, and Ouachita rivers. Marie Laveau, Yoruba and Voodoo

Priestess, the natives hear your call. Have you forsaken us?


***


The Tourists' Perspective


We arrive. Tired feet clutching greasy bags of fried chicken as the rhythms of

our blood flows past a line-up of red Coca-Cola signs and Johnnie Walker

whiskey. Sugar-soaked ice cream and cheese fries offer a brand new dairy

perspective to the hanging cans of Bess and Country Maid milk in a farmer's

horse-drawn cart. Butterflies dip, pirouette, and flutter around us through the

dense smoky air. By the multicolored tent where the tarot card reader resides,

beetles, spiders and worker ants clack triumphantly. Inspired by the scent of

root vegetables, goats, and beaded necklaces made of bone, a ritual dance

takes place uniting the 'have' with the 'have-nots.' In our world of foldout maps,

we spread out our gypsy fingers letting them roam free all over the globe.

Theresa Gaynord likes to write about matters of self-inflection and personal experiences. She likes to write about matters of an out-of-body, out-of-mind state, as well as subjects of an idyllic, pagan nature and the occult. Theresa writes horror, as well as concrete gritty and realistic dramas. Theresa is said to be a witch and a poet (within the horror writing community) and she has been published in a number of magazines, ezines, anthologies, and books throughout the years. She is a former elementary school teacher and psychic medium (reader and advisor).    


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