EMILY & I ARE ABSOLUTELY DIFFERENT
IN THE DETAILS OF OUR LIVES
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Page 7I wrote this out as a kind of sauce for the poem, perhaps. In addition to other things I wanted to say on this subject of the young killing themselves is, "You're going to die soon, soon enough." And I wrote here "Soon enough you'll begin to notice the rapid passing of time, especially when you get married and start a family. Certainly those little children are not the same two days in a row." About that time I believe many women become conscious that time really is moving. Suddenly, too, you observe that your little quick- trotting mother begins to wobble and wain. I was at a hotel recently and I sat down for room service and a young waiter came up and he looked rather tense, and I said "Good morning." And he said, "Oh, thank you, thank you." Already life early in the morning had begun to deal with him and he was grateful for just a smile so that is something that we can all do to make life different and bearable. So here is that poem I wrote some years ago, but after seeing that show it took on a whole new meaning. "The Contemplation of Suicide":
One poises, poses at track, or range, or river,And I'm going to close with a children's poem, and it's subtly called "Speech to the Young / Speech to the Progress-Toward." And I'm sure that Emily would have felt this way if she had lived into this most challenging time.
SPEECH TO THE YOUNGI feel we're all little girls and boys in that case. Thank you.
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