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RIP John Updike

Hoeing
by John Updike

I sometimes fear the younger generation
will be deprived
of the pleasures of hoeing;
there is no knowing
how many souls have been formed by this
simple exercise.

The dry earth like a great scab breaks,
revealing
moist-dark loam –the pea-root’s home,
a fertile wound perpetually healing.

How neatly the great weeds go under!
The blade chops the earth new.
Ignorant the wise boy who
has never rendered thus the world
fecunder.

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3 Responses to “RIP John Updike”

  1. John Updike’s conventional wisdom seems to have affected a lot of people — I see little quotes of his all over

  2. John Updike é o Balzac da classe média americana

    http://www.revistabula.com/materia/john-updike-e-o-balzac-da-classe-media-americana-/950

  3. Have you seen the cool John Updike t-shirts? You can get your literary on…www.flatmancrooked.com/updiketshirt

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