Poem by Dixon Hearne: False Witness

False Witness

The hand that feeds the hateful mouth

that shamed a fool already lost

to sin and unctuous pleading,

spiteful spates of righteous reason—

the very hand that swears fidelity,

truth and honor, and holy trust—

now silenced by its own pronouncement,

stricken from its former being.

Poetic justice.

Instant karma.


Dixon Hearne teaches and writes in the American South. His work has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the PEN/Hemingway, and PEN/Faulkner awards and won several others. He is the author of six books–his latest, Plainspeak: New and Selected Poems. Other poetry has been anthologized in the Texas Review Press’s Southern Poetry Anthology: Louisiana, v.4 and Down the Dark River, a new anthology from Louisiana Literature Press, and elsewhere. His poetry also appears in New Plains Review, Tulane Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Big Muddy, Picayune Literary Magazine, and many other publications. He is currently at work on new poetry and short story collections.