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Movin On

Story ID:7099
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1939
Person:Travelin Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Movin On

Movin On

Dad got laid off
Day before yesterday
Got the car packed with our belonging
Now weíre on our way

Momís holding Josh
He has the mumps
Sis is in a family way
Telling daddy to go easy on the bumps.

Couldnít make it in Texas
Headed Oklahoma way
Should be there
In a couple days.

I hate this movin
Iíd love to settle down
Move into a home
At the edge of some small town

Make new friends
Whoís friendship would last
Git some education
Is that too much to ask?

This old pickup
Tires are mighty thin
Is barley running
Itís in good shape for the shape itís in.

Pa says things will get better
He says just wait and see
But for now he has just enough money
To feed the family.

I dream of being a doctor
With patients by the score
And I could heal all their hurts
Thatís for shore.

But thatís for another day
That I can see
Now itís just Mom, Pop, Josh
Sis and me.

Dad and I can work
For money and for food
Mom can take in washins
Then things will be good

Iíd love to have a pony
For me and Josh to ride
Wouldnít need a saddle
We could ride astride

Her bare back
Play like we were cowboys
Ridin, ropin just havin fun
Something we both could enjoy

Iím getting sleepy
Iíve been awake for hours, it seems
When I awake maybe
Iíll find itís just a dream.

Monte L. Manka 04-12-11