Linda Studley

Can't Put the Pen Down…

A Pretty Darn Good Life

Find some land and some wood, build a house.
Use your heart and your brain, find a spouse.
Work when it’s light,
Sleep when it’s night,
When the weather is bad don’t go out.

Find a spade and some seeds, plant a garden.
Add a cow and some hens to the yard and
grow them some food,
they’ll do the same for you.
Get a sensible dog who will guard them.

Find the deadfalls and snags, cut wood
that will fit in your stove and burn good.
dowse a well for your water.
Raise sons and daughters.
build a cellar to hold all your food

There are other things that would be nice,
like a black and white cat to catch mice,
songs you can hum,
guitars to strum,
and books you would read more than twice.

That’s a pretty darn good life.



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2 thoughts on “A Pretty Darn Good Life

  1. Cynthia Livingstone on said:


    Correction to my post: Best line — in full —

    “And books you would ready MORE than twice.”

    Thanks, Linda, for reminding me that life’s simplest pleasures are its greatest treasures. Oh, gosh, here come the homilies… must dash.

  2. Cynthia Livingstone on said:

    Best line for me: And books you would read twice. Indeed, indeed.

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