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Stormy Times

Story ID:6230
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1930
Person:Taxed, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Stormy Times

Stormy Times
(EVICTION NOTICE)

Hi there Sheriff
Howdy doo
What can we
Do for you?

Iíve got something
I donít want to do
But I have to serve these eviction papers
On you two.

But Sheriff
You failed to mention
That all we need is
Another extension.

Iím sorry but you
Are over extended
Six months past
Looks as if you never intended

To pay
Your property tax
I have to serve these papers
And thatís a fact.

Fred and Fannie
I hate to do this
But itís my job
I have six others on my list.

Sheriff weíre not ones to beg
We just need another chance
Weíve had a couple bad years
We need from the bank a small advance,

Maybe the weather
Will not be such a pain
And give us farmers
The right amount of rain

A couple crops and weíre
In the blue
Then we will pay our
Delinquent taxes to you.

Sorry, but itís my duty
You have just one week
To leave this farm
And another place to seek.

As the Sheriff turned to go
Fred and Fannie heard him say
I have a farm down in Possum Flats
You can move in there today.

Monte L. Manka 08-08-10
{Thank you John Yost for this terrific picture}