Dakota Hensley: The Button (poetry)

Southern Legitimacy Statement: Like I said, I’m from a small town in Southern Kentucky. That small town is Harlan, in the Appalachian mountains. I’ve been here my entire life and my writing style is influenced by Delta Blues music.


I was searchin’ in my papaw’s old war trunk
an’ found somethin’ I thought mighty interestin’
It was a button, a simple button
With a note that read,
“The button Mama never got to sew into that dress she was a-makin’.”
Almost made me shed a tear
I never knew my Great-Mamaw
But Papaw mighty cared for her.
So, I guess she’s alright,

Author: Dead Mule Staff