Ozark Children

Ben Shahn— “Children of Ozark Mountaineer”

Not from the brittle orchards: barren gardens:
Dog-run houses with the broken windows:
Hen-shat houseyards where the children huddle
Barefoot in winter: tiny in too big rags:
Fed on porkfat: corn meal: cheap molasses:

Fed on famine rations out of fields
Where grass grew taller than a child could touch once

Archibald MacLeish, Land of the Free, 1938