Speech to the young
SPEECH TO THE YOUNG, SPEECH TO THE PROGRESS-TOWARD
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Say to them, say to the down-keepers,
3 the sun-slappers,
the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers,
6 "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night."
You will be right. For that is the hard home-run.
9 Live not for battles won.
Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.