While Clearing the Kudzu

Dad said he watched a documentary once
that said if humans disappeared—
from super flu or something—
the stuff would swallow the South,
cover skyscrapers—Atlanta's maybe.
Geometric giants—hollowed,
molded, and musty—would moan
under a blanket of snake-head leaves
and purple blossoms clustered into cones,
which seems about right—
purple the proper color
for a personless South.
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