- Visitin' Charleston (for a Poetry Reading)
What you do isif you're comin' West on 60and you run outta gas on top of Gauley Mountainyou just don't hit your brakesand if you catch all the lights rightwell where you stop rollin'why that's Charleston.
When you get there, stay low.Don't show 'em too much,just get your timing down,tell 'em what they wanna hear.
What you'd really like to do is hit the streets.Slip outta that poetic mellowand kick into a primordial chain-saw screamer.Just rip the bars all nightand then bounce into the bus station for breakfastin the morning with steam comin' off your shouldersand nobody wantin' to get within ten feet.Feel that satisfying glaze of fearcomin' over what's left of your eyeswhile the gravy dries in your mustache.
When they ask you why,just tell 'em what you said before;"It's more fun than bein' happy." [End Page 124]
Kirk Judd was born and raised in Wayne County, West Virginia, and now works as a Principal Project Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a co-editor of Wild, Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry. He also does performance presentations combining poetry with traditional music.