Children For Sale

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Came across the old photo of a woman selling her children during the Depression, and this came to my mind.

If you go deep in the holler,

Of a small, backwoods town,

You will find some strange things,

Curiosities abound.


Mountain cabins and coalmines,

Abandoned old wells,

But the one that will shock you,

Are the children for sale.


All gathered together,

With their mother near,

Awaiting a buyer,

For that much is clear.

With a sign that proclaims,

“Inquire inside,”

The children all wait,

For Fate to decide.


Unknowing just what,

The future will hold,

With a mother so desperate,

So conniving, and cold.


“The Depression has forced us!”

She’ll likely proclaim,

To sell off her children,

Though she will remain.


But others have fought,

Have shed blood and tears,

To keep up their families,

For those they hold dear.


They all kept their children,

No matter the cost,

No shortcuts were taken,

No child was lost.


So deep in this holler,

That has tales to tell,

You will always remember,

Those children for sale.


Remember their faces,

As they waited to see,

Who their mother would give them to,

After her fee.

Submitted: May 10, 2021

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Steven P. Pody

Ummm, interesting and well-told tale, but I wouldn't get too judgmental on someone else's desperation, or resignation that perhaps some passing rich angel (had to be 'rich' if they had a car) could provide a better future. This is a subject of pity and hardship. Thanks for bringing up the issue. Makes one think, and makes one count - their blessings. Regards, SPP

Mon, May 10th, 2021 7:34pm

JE Falcon aka JEF

I'll hold back any judgement. Those were the days of no safety nets for the general public. Some children were just given away to anyone that could afford to feed them, better that than they starve to death.

Mon, May 10th, 2021 11:43pm

Jaymi K

For those of you misunderstanding this, please look into the history of this photo. The story attached to this photo isn’t as pitiful as you think, as the mother sold her children off to be servants, not into a loving family. Add in that years later, when they found her, she told them she didn’t care, and that she hadn’t wanted them. Plus, after these children were sold, she had a few more that she kept. That tells me exactly what kind of person she was.

Tue, May 11th, 2021 12:11am

The Mind Breaker

I just wonder wear you found the photo. Interesting look at the horrors of the past!

Sat, May 15th, 2021 3:19pm

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