Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Selling of the Souls

Ernest Williamson III

irrespective of minced happiness
a smile splintered partially in tune
with the nice weather
unclothed sunlight cloudless skies
and yet partially colluded with problems
sandy ligaments
in feet and hands
lying to the bruises of incoming apathy
like a car accident
with blood stretched on the concrete
or a racial slur leaping from ignorant young lips
as a Christian elderly Black man drives cautiously
down the street in search for carnations for his wife
of 65 years
but what can the writer sell his observations
what can the greed of the eye effuse to others
when the writer's own inner galaxy trembles
in drifting orbit

maybe I can stare at the word STRONG
carved in this oak tree on 52nd street
south of too many confederate flags
rendering swastikas in gray shadows
or maybe I can write with two hands
and paint one sign outside of my weary house
not for sale
not for sale


Ernest Williamson III is a self-taught painter and pianist, who has published poetry and visual art in over sixty online and print journals. He holds a BA and MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. Currently, Ernest is a doctoral student at Seton Hall University in the field of Higher Education, and he is a member of The International High IQ Society based in New York City.

© Ernest Williamson III

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