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“SPEECH TO THE YOUNG, SPEECH TO THE PROGRESS-TOWARD” by Gwendolyn Brooks

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.


Picture Credit: “Frederick Douglass Lives Again” by Charles White

 

 
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