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Poetic Thoughts - To: Pearl S. Buck - by C.W. Pruitt II
posted: May 26, 2017

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My favorite book is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. In it she describes a poor farmer who diligently tills the soil and his greatest joy is in walking the Earth.
He gains wealth through his diligence, but loses his spiritual relationship with the land. His wife in the beginning was a homely, but righteous and hard-working woman. He begins seeing a beautiful and materialistic prostitute. He marries her, too. The second wife causes him great grief.
In the end of the book, when he is old, he comes to a sense of peace. Because he is no longer a slave to his sex drive, he can freely walk the Earth.

To: Pearl S. Buck

Shall we retire
and rest on the laurels
that we have amassed
through a lifetime of toil?

Shall we rest secure
and retire on the wealth
that we have put away
from tilling the soil?

There is much more
to be done
Before we rest
in the sun

We've given birth
to worth and worth
has worth

And it is worthy
of Us to walk
the earth

C.W. Pruitt II
Sept. 27, 2005


cw@broadripplegazette.com
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