Gwendolyn Brooks

(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

Speech to the Young : Speech to the Progress-Toward


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.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Rookie - 2 Points Shelley L Baxter-Stanley (9/15/2007 4:54:00 PM)

    Another wonderous inspiring poem! I so Love Gwendolyn works...she was brilliant in her time and in modern times.Wish she was still around to write....10/10
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  • Rookie Shorty Trouble (12/6/2006 2:58:00 PM)

    Hey ya'll, This poem is very interesting! It's really just saying to live in the present and not the past! I got to go to class! More info later, maybe! ! (Report) Reply

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