For Abraham Lincoln

Illustration by Nate Beaty

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For Abraham Lincoln

by Jonathan Farmer
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 3: Left/Right

"tenderheartedness was breached"

1. On Your Deathbed
The flame still arced
inside your brain,
a severing announcement
of you to you—
whatever part remained.
It was the first news you missed,
and as the state assembled in a room
that wasn’t yours
you groaned. Your mind withdrew.