Micropoetry Monday: Opposites


When Yankee ingenuity
met Southern hospitality,
they each felt superior—
the Reb,
with their manners,
the Yank,
with their side having won
the war.

He took astronomy
to understand the universe.
She took humanities
to understand the world.

She filled cradles,
he, caskets.
She was young at heart,
he, an old soul.
They served their purposes
with purpose,
if not on purpose,
for he’d inherited his father’s business,
& she,
a life of indentured surrogacy.