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Grapes Of Wrath Revisited


John Steinbeck wrote the story
Of the Okie family Joad as they
Travelled down their bleak
Hard California bound road.
Tractored out by the Cats
After the bank had foreclosed,
No feelings of welcome as
They'd hoped and supposed.

Woody Guthrie sang the ballads
Of that desparate Dust Bowl
Spoke of the period
From the heart and soul.
From those depths of despair
Solidarity brought hope
Gave the Okies some comfort
Perhaps helped them to cope.

Were lessons learned
Could it happen over again,
With global warming is it just
A case of not if but when?
Have we learned any charity,
Would we understand the situation,
Or would it sadly be as before
That same old case of exploitation?







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