Student Writes WPA Poem in 1936


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/27/1936.

WPA Poem

Wilbur W. Wallbrown, head of the WPA Emergency Education department of Calhoun county was a visitor in Grantsville one day this week.  Mr. Wallbrown has a number of workers under his department and will give the Chronicle in the near future a description of what he is getting done.

The following poem is submitted by one of his pupils:

Some of the WPA men are working on roads,
Digging and shoveling and hauling big loads;
While others are loafers and sit around all the time,
And expect from the government their nickels and dimes.

They eat the president's biscuits and chew their cud,
And talk about what he could do for them if he would;
They are always talking about what he is carving,
And if it wasn't for him, they couldn't keep from starving.

By Clarence Clayton
Big Springs, W. Va.
English class by Virgil Snider