When I was a girl at home, we had a nice little newspaper called The Donley County Leader that often featured news from several towns in Donley County Texas. The part I liked was that it also featured poetry.
One column was called “Plowin’ Out the CORNERS” by Uncle Zeb. I never really knew who Zeb was, but we corresponded several times. Once I submitted a poem written by my mother and he thought it was great. Another time or two, I wrote him about what was going on in our “neck of the woods,” and he always answered me. Here is a copy of one article he wrote along with the poem I submitted.
Right around the corner is our dust blowing season, or at least it would be if we were dry and had no cover crop like in the Seven Lean Years just gone by. Anyway, our young friend Miss Beth Finch of Box 851, Clarendon, sends us the following poem as written by her mother. It is called:
JUST BLOWING SAND
By Mrs. Richard Finch
Some folks think that the sand won’t blow—
But today I watched it and I know.
Who would have thought in the still of the night
That the sky’d be dark in broad daylight?
The day before was a lovely day,
But the storm blows now in an angry way.
The gusts of wind have force and might.
They shove and swerve and push in fright.
The soil loosens up and rolls away
The wind’s its master; it cannot stay.
Everything has to give to the wind;
Can’t ask where goes, nor yet where been.
The tree limbs break and the tumble weeds roll.
The sun has to hide its face of gold.
The poor little birds cling tight to the bow,
But God will watch the birds somehow.
They say ill-winds blow nobody good—
I can’t hang clothes, and yet I should.
Sand blows down the road—on past the track,
Tomorrow, perhaps, it’ll blow right back.
Yes, this is Texas, you have said,
If you open the door, better grab your head.
Just hold on tight to what you’ve got;
You might get there, and you might not.
Thanks Mrs. Finch, and how well we remember the first dark duster we ever saw. We were sitting with some friends in the living room one Sunday afternoon when all of a sudden we could hardly see each other. To be right honest we thought it might be the end of time. Oh, those dismal 30’s.
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Severe drought and dust storms exacerbated the Great Depression because it dried out farmlands and forced families to leave their farms. On May 9, 1934, a dust storm carried an estimated 350 million tons of dirt 2,000 miles eastward and dumped four million tons of prairie dirt in Chicago. The drought and dust killed tens of thousands of animals. – Provided by RandomHistory.com