poetry sociology

lover’s leap

heading north

on the cocaine superhighway

coming out of jellico tennessee

there’s a four story white cross

made from squared vinyl siding

nestled amidst pregnant mountains


 a liquor store

a discount tobacco mart

and porntorium

two exits away

from stinking creek road


as you cross over

the Kentucky/Tennessee

state line into whitley county

there is a guard rail


by couples

who’ve run off to elope

in the state

that gave the world

jack daniels whiskey

and a black velvet king


i stopped countin’ when i saw my mama’s name the fourth time

she’s where i get

all my southern optimism from


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