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(1175) A Man of the Earth - Goodrich

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  • Sam Droege
    Mr. Shahpishtwa gunned his car over the curb, across the lawn, through the rose bed and half way up the courthouse steps this morning. Deputies tackled him in
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2009
      Mr. Shahpishtwa gunned his car
      over the curb, across the lawn, through the rose bed
      and half way up the courthouse steps this
      morning. Deputies tackled him in the hallway.
      booked him for attempted assault.

      A recent immigrant.
      Innocent of this country.
      he had been certain
      of his rights, certain the judge
      would leave the daughter in his custody.
      Hadn't she said, "Yes, Your Honor, he beats me.
      So what?"

      Whenever the hearing recessed
      he liked to stroll among the flowers
      and talk to me as I pulled weeds.
      "You understand," he said. "You
      are a gardener. You need
      beautiful things. Look -
      my father gave me theses."
      -a strand of luminous jade beads-

      "and his father gave them to him. My daughter
      belongs to me! You must
      go inside and tell them!
      You understand. You
      are a man of the earth."

      - Charles Goodrich
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