Youth (1992)

I lift my eyes to the mirror
And see the bright goodness of life;
I touch my body and spirit
With thoughts that are free of strife.

I acknowledge that I am my reason
For asking myself to do,
That my aim may be rare—-hard struggle to There—-
Yet entirely mine to pursue.

I set my goal with my whole brain,
I plan each step around me;
I know that in me I’ve all the strength
To be what I want to be.

I swing out a door in the sunlight,
The mountains high up I scan;
Over them all I’m climbing,
The future within me—-“I can.”

I know that not one hill is promised
(There’s no guarantee of free height),
But that effort, and effort, and effort,
At least may help set me up right.

I work for the triumphs of working,
Of stamping new roadways “Done!”
Of knowing my sharpness, my energy, my skill,
Are many joys pressed into one.

I stride the night skies of near-parted,
I mark where new pass lanes belong;
Yes, I mirror the stars with more color
To celebrate life more strong!

Then I pause, at last, on Completion;
At least, till I newly begin;
For my dreams are still singing,
Thought’s wake-bells tingling,
And gleams of new angles are in!

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2 Responses to Youth (1992)

  1. Opus Dei says:

    Has youth ever been so joyously defined, so merrily sung!

    ‘I set my goal with my whole brain,
    I plan each step around me;
    I know that in me I’ve all the strength
    To be what I want to be.

    I swing out a door in the sunlight,
    The mountains high up I scan;
    Over them all I’m climbing,
    The future within me—-”I can.”

    I know that not one hill is promised
    (There’s no guarantee of free height),
    But that effort, and effort, and effort,
    At least may help set me up right.’

    Love, labor, life – the holy trinity come true in these lines!

  2. Thank you, Opus. I’ve not received many comments for this poem, though it is one of my personal favorites. I’m glad you see the joy of it.

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