Saturday, March 16, 2013

Haiku My Heart


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Widow woman, Flo
Firebaugh cotton picker
Never losing hope


Florence Thompson, migrant woman made famous by Dorothea Lang, lays at rest in a local cemetery just ten minutes away from our house.

14 comments:

Ginny said...

Have you ever been there to take pictures?

Annie said...

Not yet, Ginny. Just learned about it recently. When I do, I'll also post information about her life after Dorothea Lang's pictures made her famous.

judie said...

I dont really know anything about her but I do recall seeing that picture before. Reminds me of the sadness in the faces of the women of dust bowl times, and from The Grapes of Wrath.

Annie said...

Which is exactly the period she is from, Judie. The pictures were taken in the 30's during the great Dust Bowl migration for the Mid-Western plains and Oklahoma to California. I actually didn't know her name until recently when I found out she was buried just ten minutes up the road from me.

WabiSabi said...

That's an amazing story and she was only 33 years old when that photo was taken. Poverty ages! Thanks for sharing!

rebecca said...

such a captivating and haunting photograph. i remember this from so long ago. and an insightful documentary on NPR about the life of florence thompson. (worth doing a search on NPR.org on the web)

so touching, so compelling.
thank you for posting this face of motherlove and utter despair. may we never forget to care for others.

Pam said...

I've seen this compelling photo many times and never knew much about it other than it was taken in the United States during the depression. Thank you for the history of this Annie, and adding a name and family to this remarkable woman.

acreativeharbor.com said...

lovely haiku tribute to migrant worker MoM ~ Dorothea Lang is one of my favorite photographers ~ Great post ~ Enjoy ^_^

Dawn Elliott said...

She has been such an iconic inspiration to all of us...it's like we have all visited her in a way. Nice to have her memory close to home.

Jeanie said...

I have seen this photo forever. I never knew where she was laid to rest. It's incredible. Thanks for sharing this.

Priti.Lisa said...

Thank you Annie for this...it is a story that will stay with me. Her face...what a beautiful face. I am really overcome with emotion right now...
hope and faith, entangled with love for her children,
conquers all obstacles. ♥♥

foxysue said...

Thank you Annie for posting this, it touches deep that there are these strong role models for us as touch stones. x

irene said...

florence exudes strength and hope. her family are a testament to her hard work and we all can gain from her.

Sue in the Wood said...

Always wondered what happened to her. Take a photo of the grave for Find a Grave!