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On the Road Again

Story ID:5748
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1930
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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On the Road Again

On the Road again

Daddy packed the car
I asked my mommy why
She started to close the door
Then she began to cry.

There was no coffee for breakfast
And I wondered why
I heard my Daddy say
The well ran dry.

I have a jug full
For you kids, Mom and I
Enough to fill the leaky radiator
We’re leaving because the well ran dry.

I used to pump
A bucket full or two
To make iced tea for us kids
And momma for coffee to brew,

I remember when the dipper
Hung on that hook by the well
For all to get a drink
And maybe set and talk a spell.

Now those thirsty people
Who happen to be passing by
Will have to go elsewhere
Because our water well ran dry.

Well the old flivver finally started
So into town we go
Where we end up
Who knows?

Daddy will look for a place
Where there’s an ample water supply
Hopefully we can put down roots
Where the well won’t run dry.

Monte L. Manka 07-24-09 (Not my picture)

(Our well ran dry, but the Well man dug it deeper,
about 75 foot and hit another water level that
gave us plenty water for years.)