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The Potato Bug, William E. Barton

on August 9, 2012

“A Great and Beautiful Tree grew for a Hundred Years beside a stream. Cattle rested in the shade thereof, and Birds of Heaven did build their Nests in the branches thereof. But there came a Potato Bug who desired to fill his Belly from the Potato Patch on the far side of that stream. And he rested by the stream and he prayed.  And, in the night, there arose a Great Wind, and it smote the tree so that it fell across the stream. And when morning was come, the Potato Bug climbed upon the Great & Beautiful Tree, crossed the water, and entered the Potato Patch.  The Cattle mourned for the Shade which had sheltered them, and the Birds were sorrowing over their Broken Eggs, over their little children crushed by the fall, and over their homes which were desolate. The People for miles around mourned the loss of a symbol of Strength and Beauty felled by the chance of Wind.  But the Potato Bug knew it not, but thanked his God for the answer of the Prayer of the Potato Bug.”

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