Generation To Generation Poem by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Generation To Generation

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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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Art at Heart 06 May 2018

As a mom of four kids in this fast paced, tech satiated world, this is a piece to remember share.

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micosoloria 15 November 2017

how nice this poem.

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*Trusting You* 16 December 2008

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

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Duncan Wyllie 28 May 2006

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

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