Sunday, November 24, 2013

Run For Cover

Woody Guthrie wrote what he saw, felt, and knew. He was often a voice for those who didn't have one. 



Old Jake’s place on fifteenth street
best place ‘round to buy your meat.
Bessie’s shop is just a shack
pies sure keep us comin’ back.
Farmer Ben at edge o’ town
real fresh produce his renown.
big shot runnin’ this here place?

"we need a big box ~ 
 pick up the pace!"

come it did
like a cyclone at night.
banished them good folk
plain out o’ sight.
now hear my sad tale
sing my sad song ..
sign o’ the times, yep
gone terrible wrong.

27 comments:

  1. Your use of colloquial language is so in keeping with Guthrie's narratives and it is tragic how big business drove the small producers out of their own livelihoods and came with a loss of quality and integrity.

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    1. Thank you Kerry ... I can hear Woody singing this!

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  2. Great lament of the death of small shops.. so sad... I don't know why but I got vibes from Maggie's farm in this... probably the voice you use that works that with me.

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    1. .. Well, I grew up in a very small town .. middle of nowhere, the twang comes with it!

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  3. a very sad reality...how our towns have given way to large businesses like wal-mart...there are still places around...our time in asheville last weekend for instance...and we try to buy local as we can...

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    1. We are fortunate here in Bend ... many folks support local business, farmers markets, etc.

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  4. yep- so right on Helen! We either shop small and shop local or we are doomed to be buying stuff that is inferior and doesn't create jobs for ourselves nor our neighbors. Good one!

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  5. This is so absolutely true, Helen. Excellent write.

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  6. a nice reflection of our present times.....'like a tornado at night.banished them good folk
    plain out o’ sight.'.......can't take my eyes off these words....

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    1. .. Sad truth throughout our country.

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  7. oh man, i really, really feel this, Helen. excellent! so very true and profound and why can't we stop this either?!

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    1. Not enough time to right all the wrongs, Marian.

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  8. Love your choice of language for the piece...also I love equating the "big box" stores with a tornado. It is such a shame what they have done to the little mom and pop stores who not only wanted to make some money but were so invested in the communities where they were located.

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    1. Oh and thank you so much for taking part in the challenge!!

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  9. Very fine, sensitive write! Print it where this happened and you'd collect oral history for years.

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  10. Messed up previous comment, deleted it.
    Sorry 'bout that.
    Your poem could be a Woody Guthrie song. Good work.
    K

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    1. I'm actually working on a tune, Kay!

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  11. WE got a walmart in our town (pop 17,000) a few years ago and it killed most of our downtown shops. Now that they've gone belly up Walmart's raised priced to hight than before they got there. Grrrrr.

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  12. The small retail stores do suffer. Very well-penned. Lyrical and with a really good flow.
    -HA

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  13. Right on the money ! I live in a small coastal town and this rings so true. Thank you for a delightful post.
    Peace
    Siggi

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  14. Oh Helen...this is so true and sad! I love all those quaint shops- these places are the heart of many communities lost to corporate greed! It haunts and it should...

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