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Where Doodlebugs Play

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

(A Sharecropper’s Life)


Dust clouds rise

From the paths of clay

In the summer sun

Where doodlebugs play.


Rows to hoe

The old folks say

Before you rest

Where doodlebugs play.

Sweat pours down

No branches sway

Still gotta cook

Where doodlebugs play.


Black pot boils

It’s washing day

Loads to dry

Where doodlebugs play.

Church bell rings

From far away

Wagons roll

Where doodlebugs play.


Old folks gone

Still, I think each May

Times were hard

Where doodlebugs play.


And the children chant:


“Doodlebug, doodlebug

Come out to play

Ain’t gon’ be

No rain today.”




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