The poem entitled If You Knew My Father, which was posted on her official Facebook page, is a study in form— or rather, formlessness, taking pleasure in an arbitrary number of couplets interspersed with similarly arbitrarily-placed singlets.
In it, the country singer addresses Hulk Hogan (a.k.a. Terry Bollea’s) recent firing from the wrestling empire due to racist remarks made years ago when discussing her relations with a “black billionaire.”
The first portion of the poem reads:
If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know his tender heart.
He’d never want to hurt his fans,
or family from the start.
If you knew my father,
you would know how hard he fought...
and the way it brought a smile to people light, medium and dark.
We always fight a battle
that people never see,
and sometimes when you’re hurting, you don’t think logically.
Human isn’t perfect,
and perfect is not he,
but I can tell you one thing, it’s just not what it seems.
Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well.
He taught me folks are so much more
than shades could ever tell.
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Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.
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