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Strange Fruit by irishcompass Strange Fruit by irishcompass
Strange Fruit:

Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

By Lewis Allen

Song sung by Billie Holiday [link]

I couldn't help but think of this song when I saw this sculpture hanging from a tree. It's actually a metal cast wasp nest...but from a distance it looks like a body in a bag.

This was taken at the same place I took the mixed up mob picture.
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Muddyfeet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Too cool esp. when you listen to the song on the link you posted and when you consider the location of the shot. There's a lot of darkly disturbing history in Birmingham, AL. I'm glad this image isn't from one of the "instances" but it does give the impression that it is.
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irishcompass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
:D Thanks!
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Muddyfeet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
You're welcome!!!! :blowkiss:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh ı am so happy that it was not a death body!...So eyecatching!
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irishcompass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Thanks!
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My real pleasure :D
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Cool yet creepy, I love it ^_^!
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irishcompass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Thanks Chris. I wasn't too sure about how this would go over.
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NIKON-AJ Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009   Photographer
Very strange never seen that before, we get the Italian Lombardi poplars here which are taller and thinner used for wind breaks.
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irishcompass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I'm not sure this one is a poplar. But the song fit the image so well I had to use it. From where I was standing It really did look like a body hanging there when I first saw it.
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