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Migrant workers don't get the best a homes to live in, but see what happens when it is left without upkeep...



Overgrown is this home,

Of plants and vine,

No living here has been done,

In such a long, long time,

But just the look of the place,

Did for me remind,

Of migrant homes across the country,

Seen through childhood eyes & mind.


As a child, my dad would point them out,

Telling me that is how our fields are harvested,

Except in times of extreme drought,

When migrant workers are not sought.


These homes appear to us,

To be run down, hardly worthy of habitation,

But to a worker coming home from the fields,

Maybe working for a small farm or plantation,

This home looks and smells like family.


The whole family works in the fields,

From grandparents down to the littlest child,

All so used to the weather and the sweat,

All used to the heat being extremely mild,

No times are there to get wild,

Except for the last day of the harvest.


On that day, the workers are paid,

Meager earnings surely,

But nonetheless, they have had a roof,

Over their heads,

Food to feed them for a short time,

And a warm dry place to sleep,

Surrounded by their family,

    Most of the time…



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Reviewed by Cynth'ya
inquisitive beginning--
documentative substance with rhythm--
powerful ending--

(Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout a poem coming to life Ed. Pure Truly and espresso coffee house power-read to challenge the mind. . .

bravo and way 2 go!
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Nature always takes the land back when she is able to. Your write is amazing. I could feel the families working.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
This is so good ED!
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle
Deep feeling. Reminds me of the themes found in GRAPES OF WRATH or MATEWAN. Thanks, Ed.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Wow Ed, this one is very good. I love the photo and the way you used it with the words of your poem to send such a powerful message...fantastic...
Reviewed by Gaye Dale (Reader)
Oh boy! Provocative, Ed! I've written, then erased, then written, then erased again! I can't comment over the tumultuous response! Except to say, of course, fabulouse writing! Well done.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
excellent write, ed! (((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

no matter what the home looked like on the outside, after a hard day in the fields, that home looked like a mansion :)

beautiful capture of what's really important--BRAVA, dear (((friend)))

at least they HAD a home :)

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)
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