When

Only when time is fast and slow,
Only when breezes stop and go,
Only when shadows shrink and rise,
That is the When nobody tries.

All is a-coming, going, gone;
All is a breath of breathless dawn,
Crinkle and wink of twinkling star,
After the near before the far!

Brief is the moment dreams come true;
Catch them and snatch them in to you!
Stop, and imbibe impassioned wine—
All of it! Down it! Joy is thine!

Cup of a giant—yours to toss,
Down the hatch, for you are the boss.
Then, independent, start your day
When the great When is yours to say!

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