DaddyPaw’s Letters from the CCC Camp

By Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall
For George (“DaddyPaw”) Hargrove, Hebo Ogden Hall,
And all Who Served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933 – 1942

He found his DaddyPaw’s young adulthood
In a box of letters from New Mexico
About fighting forest fires and building fence
To the stockyards at Magdalena

“The peas must be coming in by now,” he writes
“Are y’all getting enough to eat? How’s my dog?
I’ve got swell friends but I sure wish I was home.
And did y’all get the five dollars I sent?”

We stand in reverence of a generation
Who almost never had enough to eat

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