Today, June 20, we West Virginians celebrate West Virginia Day. On June 20, 1865 we became a separate state. No longer part of Virginia, we became West Virginia. And the world hasn’t been the same since.
A poem, in tribute…
West Virginia Day
I am from West Virginia
So before the jokes begin,
My legs are of symmetric length
My spouse is not my kin.
My teeth are (mostly) all intact
I have advanced degrees;
I have a porch with hound dogs
But they aren’t plagued with fleas.
I’ve never been a miner
But I love a miner’s child;
I left for Carolina
With that beauty who’s my bride.
I speak and write with clarity,
but love our words so well;
I ain’t afraid to ponder yonder
holler for a spell.
I’m am not from Virginia!
See we are a different state.
We’ve been around since ’65
So get your history straight.
I am a little fluffy but
it’s hard to blame a man,
with Tudor’s Biscuits all around,
and Stewart’s Hot Dog Stands.
I drive a big ole’ pick up truck,
I still drink from a well;
I’m proud of all my people
and the stories that they tell.
I love the Lord and love my wife
and love our children four;
I love the place that I was born
although I’m there no more.
I’ve heard a lot of unkind words
From people I have met;
They’ve called me hick and redneck
But I just don’t care a bit.
For the blood of frontier travelers
And farmers runs through me;
I feel the hills and rivers,
and the valleys and the trees.
So Happy West Virginia Day!
And bless our ancient home;
And bless hillbillies one and all
Wherever we may roam.