Susan Marie Molloy

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“Pretense” by Pearl S. Buck


“Group of Figures. Porcelain. K’ang-hsi Period (1622-1722).” Photograph from ‘Words of Love’ by Pearl S. Buck.”

The American writer, Pearl S. Buck, is less known for her poetry than her epic Far Eastern novels. I am lucky to have found a small collection of her poems, “Words of Love” published in 1974.

These are basic, simple verses about love found and lost, and about life in general. There is nothing complex her poetry about the complexities of love and life.




In this collection, “Pretense” is my favorite.

“I put away the words of love.

You do not need them anymore.

And now I will pretend to be

Exactly as I was before.

Pretending, I will laugh and sing

Until night falls. Then to my shell

I’ll creep and hide myself away,

Pretending heaven in my hell.”

I wanted to share this poem because I think of its quiet and powerful illustration of love lost and the resulting emptiness and absence of light.

April is Poetry Month.

©️Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 thoughts on ““Pretense” by Pearl S. Buck

  1. Good old Pearl……….

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