damn straight

Encountered on an assignment. By Gwendolyn Brooks.

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.

And remember:

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.


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