Gwendolyn Brooks (7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)
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.
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