Within a listing of upcoming shows and releases, Nilsson offered a bit of inspiration for us Americans embattling an embittering election: a poem. It was Gwendolyn Brooks‘ “Speech To The Young; Speech To The Progress-Toward (Among Them Nora And Henry III)” and is a delightful bit of inspiration, a reminder to keep on keeping on, to look forward, to keep the hope in progress at heart.
Written in 1991, Brooks’ argues that the right side of history will always be right and that such rightness is found in each other. It has been hard this year to see one another, to actually understand what we are saying, and Brooks’ twentysomething year old poem offers a bit of calm in this storm.
We’ll get there. Just keep on it, friends.
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.