Treasure Island

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

(29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944 / Lyon)

Generation To Generation


In a house which becomes a home,
one hands down and another takes up
the heritage of mind and heart,
laughter and tears, musings and deeds.
Love, like a carefully loaded ship,
crosses the gulf between the generations.
Therefore, we do not neglect the ceremonies
of our passage: when we wed, when we die,
and when we are blessed with a child;
When we depart and when we return;
When we plant and when we harvest.
Let us bring up our children. It is not
the place of some official to hand to them
their heritage.
If others impart to our children our knowledge
and ideals, they will lose all of us that is
wordless and full of wonder.
Let us build memories in our children,
lest they drag out joyless lives,
lest they allow treasures to be lost because
they have not been given the keys.
We live, not by things, but by the meanings
of things. It is needful to transmit the passwords
from generation to generation.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • *Trusting You* (12/16/2008 7:48:00 PM)

    We live, not by things, but by the meanings
    of things. It is needful to transmit the passwords
    from generation to generation.
    great lines. this has a real message to give. a master piece of poetry. very well written. good job.
    Crystal (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (5/28/2006 3:18:00 PM)

    A very worthwhile write, beautiful in its nature a caring for those to come and a hope lining their seams
    Wonderful craftmanship
    Love Duncan X (Report) Reply

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