There were times of fear and worry, money shortage, casualties, and hardships of war, but there was serenity and love and the sharing of burdens and problems, but most of those who went through it all would gladly experience the time again. The struggles of Pocasset, Oklahoma, could be a challenge for any community, yet while history paints a bleak picture of times during the Depression and the Dust Bowl, Heaston reminds us how America's faithful survived and overcame life during the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II-not to mention those frigid winters where the only source of heat was a small stove, which was far away from the icy cold blankets in the bedroom. In A Paean to Pocasset Frank E. Heaston remembers with longing what it was like to be young, launch fireworks, run barefoot, and learn hard work through a close-nit community and the family business. Life in a small town was anything but easy, yet it succeeded in producing vibrant, flourishing camaraderie for this small town. There were births and deaths, soldiers in war, and war efforts back home. The Depression was a way of life, and the Dust Bowl was just one more obstacle to overcome, making the community of Pocasset a stronger and more resilient town in the great history of America. Frank E. Heaston lives in Norman, Oklahoma, and is a professor in journalism. He has written several contributions for Sooner Magazine and can be contacted at email@example.com.