O great April you have left me this

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A lot of people blame the ocean
but I blame the reality of things
The South was green and assertive
and there were always fireworks
like my birthday was some kind of
state holiday

This is how I know Tennessee loves me
and the ocean does not deserve my bitterness
This is my ode to the swans in the shade
of the bridge this is my infomercial
on the laughter of children
This is my love

given back to the bugs in the grass
If I am found kissing some diplomat
among the coats at some embassy mixer
it is because I finally let you go
it is because the bees died out
it is because the ocean is to blame