Collected Poems, 1924-1974 by John Beecher

By John Beecher

Xvii, 290 pp. Index of titles, index of first traces.

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Two of them left. We never heard from them. That fall we druv the truck to Texas, caught the cotton picking, made expenses, come back home no better off. So I put in for one of them new farm security loans. We had a bunch of chickens, milk cows and hogs but we was short on feed. That winter was real cold. Three hundred of my chickens starved. You could go out and see them dropping dead. We lost one mule, one cow, just on starvation. You know, to a farmer that don't look good. We got our government loan but not in time.

We took a notion then to leave, one morning loaded up some stuff, eight head of us—six chaps and two grown folks— into a roadster, Model A. We'd heard that Gilbert, Arizona, was the place where cotton really grew and you could make good money in the fields, so we took off down Sixty-six, through Amarillo, Texas, and was it cold! December was the month. We got to Gilbert but it wasn't like they said. We lived in tents, right on the ground. Them small-poxers, scabby as goats, would come out in the field and pick.

So I put in for one of them new farm security loans. We had a bunch of chickens, milk cows and hogs but we was short on feed. That winter was real cold. Three hundred of my chickens starved. You could go out and see them dropping dead. We lost one mule, one cow, just on starvation. You know, to a farmer that don't look good. We got our government loan but not in time. If I had got that loan to have bought feed the first of January I could have put 30 Poems: 1924-1940 them chickens to producing and went on.

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