Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gwendolyn Brooks:
"Speech to the Young
Speech to the Progress-Toward
(Among them Nora and Henry III)"



















Say to them,
say to the down-keepers,
the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers,
the harmony-hushers,
“Even if you are not ready for day
it cannot always be night.”
You will be right.
For that is the hard home-run.

Live not for battles won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.




"Speech to the Young, Speech to the Progress-Toward (Among them Nora and Henry III) by Gwendolyn Brooks, from Blacks (Third World Press, 1991). 

Art credit: "Tightrope Walker," digital painting by roweig.


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