The simple life

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LV Letalu

Don’t we all love the simple life?

Because there’s hardly any stress or strife

You just need a stick and a big knife

To plant and provide for the children and wife

Basic survival needs the use of the brain 

Like a simple shelter from sun and rain

Raise some medicinal plants for pain

But also learn to endure - for no pain, no gain

You will feel comfortable most of the time

From mostly favorable weather and clime

Your hands may get hard from earth’s grime

Still, life is one of ease and free from crime

At the end of the day you will be tired

At least you were not sacked or fired

It is meaningful work in which you’re mired

Happiness is providing for those you’ve sired

Subsistence, self reliance and self sufficiency

Should be your motto to maintain efficiency

By and by you will acquire proficiency

Your defense against the debility of deficiency

Manual work is gainful and sweating is good

Tiring at times, yet, you’re still in happy mood

Confident that fruits of your labor and livelihood

Always provide your family with sufficient food

Live the simple life with much gratitude

To God, with optimism and a positive attitude

Throughout your life resolve to sow that aptitude

And you will reap much more in magnitude

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