Marilyn Lott

Gold Star - 12,637 Points (5-28-42 / Washington state USA)

Dust Bowl Memories - Poem by Marilyn Lott

It was caused because of severe drought
In certain areas of the United States
Houses were in jeopardy of course
And through years they met their fate

For dust filled the attics of these homes
Causing them to simply collapse
Parts of Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma
Are three of the states on the map

The dust storms were a nightmare
In the 1930’s up until the year of 1941
They are called the Dust Bowl days
An almost impossible life for some

Modern technology and improved conservation
Better control of the wind erosion
During times when there is less rainfall
Helps ward off this terrible dust explosion

It was a difficult time for folks back then
Not always enough food on the table
Makes us realize how good we have it now
Let’s give thanks for a life that is stable!

Listen to this poem:

Comments about Dust Bowl Memories by Marilyn Lott

  • (11/15/2007 8:32:00 AM)

    I'm fascinated by those WPA photos of houses almost completely covered in layers of dust. I think of that description in Grapes of Wrath in which the house the Joads have abandoned to the elements lies open with the wind whipping through and quickly covering everything with a patina of dust. I hear that something similar is happening today in parts of dought-striken China. Excellent poetic description. Good poem. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]