“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
- MARTIN NIEMÖLLER

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

These Are A Part of Me

Star Children
by Doris Kerns Quinn

A child should fill himself up with Stars
they will shine for him years later
in the darkest night. They will fortify him
against all greyness and bleakness -
against the humdrum of the world's 
old round and round.  A Child
can never have too many stars

and if there are elves in the grape arbor
on scented summer nights
or fireflies flashing signals
in the honeysuckle vines
So much the better.

But most of all there should be stars
their clustered promises of further light
blazing reassurance
to all puzzled children
through whatever night.

 

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