This is a poem spanning about 70 years of Oklahoma history: from the 1930s to today and was inspired by "Okies" like my grandparents who moved to California ...
Taleah Blessed Berger's insight:
Many citizens had to exile from where they were because of low money. The economy was verky terrifying to even notice about. There were so many struggles that people can't cry for their emothional feelings. Poverty caused much sorrow upon their helpless hearts. Their sorrow flows through their bodies each and every day that they live. How would you feel if you wre in that situation of being poor? You would've felt the same way probably. They JOY that they've once had, sure enough kept a smile on their faces. :) :(
My name is Anna Mae Jones, a child that is desperate. I just want to ask you one question. Why didn’t you make homes for us, find more food, and find jobs etc. for the people that are in need. I am tired of seeing my mother crying because she has no money, no job, and no food to feed her children. Why do you think some parents have to let their older children try to take care of themselves and find food for themselves. Do you know that, that that really hurts a mother because she can’t find food nor work to buy food. How would you feel if you were in our shoes? Never mind, we really don’t have shoes to walk in. This pain also hurts the children. We can’t eat, smile, play with others, nor be happy about something. You need to help us as the citizens of The United States of America. Mr. President, this pain hurts us all. You aren’t in our shoes so I really don’t think you will understand. You are the one that is rich and famous and has money to spend. We are the people that are in the poverty stage. Since you are the President of the United States, what was your first mind that came up when you were informed that your people are in poverty and poor?
With all do respect, but in my perspective, I think you are the most egotistical, arrogant, selfish, and weak-minded person that I ever heard of. If I were to be president of the United States, none of this would be happening right now. I would make a difference. I would make amends with the states to welcome other people from different states in. If there is a problem or discombobulating, then I will go there myself and straighten this problem out. I believe in togetherness, hard work, love, and commitment. This seems like you probably can’t achieve or at least do something like this. These words that I am saying in this letter to you, I bet you are breaking down right now. Pain hurts, but you should know that. All I can say is May God Have Mercy On You, because of what your decisions made the United States to be. It seems like you are no help at all. Now about the dangerous Dust Storms, aka Dust Bowls. You know what, you need to be in our shoes so you can see the depression, fearfulness, hurt and confusion. This storm kills us as it kills our crops and our cattle. Every time the animals die, their insides are filled with dust. They are walking dust balls. Furthermore, our people are dying as well. Poverty plus numerous these dust storms makes death upon your citizens. And you do know that. You really have no idea what we go through, besides what you have been told.
Can you fix this, please? Also, since you somewhat did help this situation, my people will name our town after you name. We will call it Hooverville. Everyday, I see my mothers eyes crying out and so as my little brothers and sisters. I don’t think you every seen a hungry mother with hungry children. Starvation can kill people as well. But you are filled with food and nutrients everyday. Unfortunally, life seems less important to us, well, its how I feel about it. Ever since I experienced the horrifying and terrible dust storms, I couldn’t breathe well for a while. I likewise have a hard time seeing. This should give you an idea by now. About approximately three days ago, I’ve just heard that my neighbor just died because of starvation and deep dehydration. People from the different states; claim that we are “migrating” into their town. Well, it shouldn’t be called migrating because this is a free country and we can travel to wherever we want to. No one can tell us no, get out or you all are foreigners, you people will need to go someplace else. That hurts our feelings as well too. You should be welcomed anywhere you choose to go to. Whatever you want to stay or visit, you should have the Mighty ability to stay there.
So, you see Mr. Lazy don’t want to do anything to help us President, our pain will gain and may obtain death, sickness, and tears that falls from eyes of babies and helpless mothers.
Hearts are broken and souls are torn. Nothing is coming to help the people but babies are born. Some suffer, some live, some make hard choices, and some may give. Confusion here, confusion there, there’s confusion everywhere, here and there. President Hoover, this is what you see, President Hoover, can you believe. Whenever you are ready to help us, let us know because taking you time is really going to show. Help us, help the poor, help everybody, and we all will be restored. Help us, your citizens, help us, we are not family but we are kin. We are kin because of the country that we live in. So that being said, help your people that are dying and in strongly need.
Pain inside but it can not hide.
Anna Mae Jones
P.S. people are dying supper fast, people are suffering like flashes. Come on and help make a difference for all of us.
Photographer Dorothea Lang took a picture of a California Okie migrant mother during the Great Depression.
Taleah Blessed Berger's insight:
Even though Ms. Dorothea Lang took these pictures of the "Okies", but she did have a feeling of "Feeling Sorry" for them. She had the eyes of taking pictures even though she has the eye PEACE and LOVE for others that she knows and not know. Her heart is speaking with power. Ms. Lang may be confused but she knows better though. Unto how she feels within, it can change something that she feels that is right in her perspective. I believe that she can help or could help them. This migration TOLD her something in her heart.
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