I still can't get it right

I don't know.  I still can't get it right,
the way those dirt roads cut across the flats
and led to shakes where hounds and muddy
skulked roundabouts.  Describing it sounds trite
as hell, the good old South I love to hate.
The truth?  What's that?  How should I know?
I stayed inside too much.  I learned to boast
of stupid things.  I kept my ears shut tight,
as we kept doors locked, windows locked,
the curtains drawn.  Now I know why.
The dark could hide things from us.  Dark could 
what we could not.  Sometimes those dirt roads
me, where they ended up:  I watched a dog die
in the ditch.  The man who shot him winked at 

~Kathryn Stripling Byer

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