That’s Crazy

That’s Crazy

I figured it out
They were crazy
It wasn’t me
They were mad with cheap power
Don’t you rock the boat
Or we will fire your ass
Don’t expose the insanity
That boys with long hair can’t run track
“Because I am the boss!” Reasoned the coach
It was like Vietnam
Everything was backwards ala 1984
Anti-war was insane
War was sane
And anti-slavery was insane
Pro-slavery was sane
Russian dissidents were committed to insane asylums
The director of natural resources said I was obsessed with strip-mining
He liked blowing up mountains
From thence came his pay
He was sane
I was obsessed
That’s crazy

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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