11.16.2022 – a whole lot I don’

a whole lot I don’
un’erstan’ but goin’ away
ain’t gonna ease us

Adapted from a passage in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck where Ma says to Tom …

“Tom! They’s a whole lot I don’ un’erstan’.

But goin’ away ain’t gonna ease us.

It’s gonna bear us down.”

And she went on, “They was the time when we was on the lan’.

They was a boundary to us then.

Ol’ folks died off, an’ little fellas come, an’ we was always one thing – we was the fambly – kinda whole and clear. An’ now we ain’t clear no more.

I can’t get straight.

They ain’t nothin’ keeps us clear.

Al – he’s a-hankerin’ an’ a-jibbitin’ to go off on his own. An’ Uncle John is jus’ a-draggin’ along. Pa’s lost his place. He ain’t the head no more.

We’re crackin’ up, Tom.

There ain’t no fambly now.

An’ Rosasharn – ” She looked around and found the girl’s wide eyes. “She gonna have her baby an’ they won’t be no fambly.

I don’ know.

I been a-tryin’ to keep her goin’.

Winfiel’ – what’s he gonna be, this-a-way?

Gettin’ wild, an’ Ruthie too – like animals.

Got nothin’ to trus’.

Don’ go, Tom.

Stay an’ help.”

Watching the NEXT election cycle of 2024 starting to warm up along with just most of life right now, I am thinking, hey’s a whole lot I don’ un’erstan’.

But what can you do?

But goin’ away ain’t gonna ease us.

I guess I should stay an’ help.

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