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Back Off Mister

Story ID:5784
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1930
Person:Dust storm survivor Kid
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Back Off Mister

Back Off, City Slicker

I look at this picture
What do I see
A little girl
Living a life of misery.

Her defiant pose
Tells me
This is a spot
She doesnít want to be.

A fat lip a black eye
A dirty dress
Bowl cut hair cut
Pure distress

A dirty face
From working hard
Taking care of her chores
Always on guard

Compare her time
With today
We couldnít hack it
No way.

But on Sunday
Different scene
Wash the neck and ears
Find a ragged dress thatís clean

Walk to the little country church to pray
Listen to the preacher man
Sing some old hymns
Then back home again

To face another week
Of work at home and in the field
Hoping against Hope
Her fat lip, and black eye will soon heal.

Monte l. Manka 07-20-09-Picture not taken by me.