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  • Texas | Columns | "Once Upon A Line"

    Dust Bowl Days

    by d.knape

    Okie farmers, land windblown, buried by dust, barely hangin' on
    Dryland farmers, starved for rain, not knowin' if it'd come again
    Farmin' shares, they had their doubts, they borrowed time, but time ran out
    Kicked off their land, declared bankrupt, blown to the winds, they'd seen enough
    Mothers moaned and fathers grieved, stuffed all they had in model T's
    Took what they had, and took their leave, weren't comin' back to misery
    The road was lined them dreary days, folks goin' down the same highway
    Headin' west, they hoped and prayed, they'd find some luck along the way
    Not knowin' where they'd land each day, kept up their spirits anyway
    Chasin' the sun down the lost highway, route 66 to Californ-I-A
    Gold's in them hills they'd always heard, strangers told 'em, took their word
    A land so bathed in ocean breeze, that dollar bills hung from the trees
    So they sputtered up the hills, ran out of gas, but not of will
    Crossed the mountains, deserts too, hopin' that their dreams came true
    A golden land awaited them, just over the hill, around the bend
    They thought that if they made it then, their troubles had to surely end


    Now we all know how the story goes, the land of Eden wasn't so
    And after all their desperate trek, what they found, same as they left
    No milk and honey, it was plain, no pie in sky, no candy canes
    There weren't no jobs, no place to stay, their luck still bad, nothin' had changed
    We've seen their photos, stark and lean, those black and whites in magazines
    The sadness in their eyes is shown, the desperation in their bones
    All those years of little rain, all those miles of so much pain
    Worn on their sleeves, their weariness, expressed in sorrow, hopelessness
    Now years have passed, we can't forget, those dust bowl Okies remembered yet
    Poor dirt farmers who survived, by strength of will, barely scrapin' by
    We marvel at their fire and grit, the toughness they exhibited
    The pure determination they applied, how on earth did they survive?
    Wonder if it were to happen again, if we could do what they just did,
    follow their courageous ways, and make it through Depression days
    To persist, to persevere, against great odds and unknown fears, and
    Have like strength, tenacious ways, to survive the toll Of Dust Bowl days.


    © d.knape
    November 9 , 2012
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape

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