Encountered on an assignment. By Gwendolyn Brooks.
Speech to the Young. Speech to the Progress-Toward
Say to them,
say to the down-keepers
“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.
I think, as is usual, this is meant more gently than I read it to myself, words of wisdom vs. something to be brandished. But I will brandish it anyway, because it cannot always be fucking night, people, and I am tired of your eulogizing the day as though it doesn’t come back. It always comes back.