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Hobo Haven

Story ID:5747
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Person:Bindle toting Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Hobo Haven

Could be the Chelsea, Kansas Depot, early thirties

A hobo family
Resting by the railroad track
Most of what they have
Is in a rolled up pack

The Cops removed them
Ungraciously from their hiding place
Told them not to hop another freight
Or the sheriff they would face.
As they rest in the shade
Of a sidetracked Gondola RR car
Hopelessness sinking in
Mom and Dad wondering just how far

That they can go on
With the kids in tow
Not fair to the kids
To be always on the go.

Hobo’s usually travel alone
Maybe two, not four
Seldom a family riding the rails
Never seen this before

The kids look fairly healthy
The wife another story
Heart sickness shows, as she holds her head
Deep in thought and worries

They all have shoes
Though scuffed and covered in dirt
Clothing not very clean
But no patches on the shirts.

To me
This is total devastation
Only the Lord knows
This Hobo family’s final destination.
Monte L. Manka 07-22-09 Not my picture