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Home in the Oil Patch-2

Story ID:7189
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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Home in the Oil Patch-2

Home in the Oil Patch-2

Dear Bessie Mae:

Another photo taken by Arthur
Of us three
His Mother, Clara Belle Elizabeth
And me

Can you believe it
Clara Belle Elizabeth is almost three
How time flies by
Seems like only yesterday

Arthur’s mother is visiting
Makes it kinda crowded
Arthur and I sleep on a pallet on the floor
His mom and Clara Belle Elizabeth get the bed

Awful hot in the house
Thought we’d sit a spell
Arthur made a rocking chair
For little Clara Belle

The weeds are getting higher
Have grown a foot or more
Almost
Coming in the back door.

With the windows open at night
To catch every breeze
That oil pumper unit, out back
Doing its “whoosh” and “wheeze”

Makes it almost impossible for me
To get a good night’s sleep
Doesn’t bother Arthur
He snores on long, hard and deep

I wake in the morning
My back is killing me
I want my own bed again
This pallet is as hard as can be

Seems the wind won’t stop blowing
Getting hotter every day
Sarah Jane, Arthur’s mother
Has decided to stay

For another month
All she does is sit in the shade
I do the cooking and cleaning
Her bed’s not even made.

I’ll write more later
Bessie Mae
I see the mailman
Heading this way

Give our love to Wilbur
And little Peggy Lou
And of course
We send our love to you.

Loves and Kisses
Let us hear from you soon
Fretfully yours
Bertha Sue.
Monte L. Manka 05-07-11