Friday, June 3, 2011
[For previous ballads about the balladeer, click the "On the Road with Silver John" label under Features in the right sidebar.]
"Old Devlins Was A-Waiting"
Asked to play a part in a strange conjuring experiment,
John treks through the mountains to Flornoy College.
His folk singing and silver-stringed-guitar picking will form
Perfect complement to the professors' esoteric knowledge.
It all sounds innocent and interesting enough,
But soon John is going to need a good deal of poise.
For a student's summoned kinfolk are the Hatfields,
The notorious, perennial enemies of the McCoys.
Manly Wade Wellman's short story "Old Devlins Was A-Waiting" can be found in Owls Hoot in the Daytime & Other Omens.