Gwendolyn Brooks, as you may know, is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. She also served as the Illinois Poet Laureate from 1968 until her death in 2000. Her poem Speech to the Young reminds us to be present in and live each moment of our lives, instead of just rushing from one milestone to the next, which is something I am working on. I have a copy of this poem (pictured below) printed by Amos Kennedy Jr.
SPEECH TO THE YOUNG SPEECH TO THE PROGRESS-TOWARD (AMONG THEM NORA AND HENRY III)
By Gwendolyn Brooks
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.