I have mixed emotions about this poem. It is well written and uses great imagery however, I do not like or agree with the subject matter. I feel that the author is trying to say that hanging black people in a tree because of the color of their skin was no big deal. One minute you can be smelling magnolias and the next burning flesh. It was normal for that time period. It would happen and then the ashes would be there for birds to eat, rain or wind to take away. I can not image my loved one being blow away or eaten by a bird. There was no dignity or respect for these people as individuals.