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“When I was young and loved life's laughter / I climbed tall hills and touched the sun; / I did not know till long years after / That ecstasy and pain are one.”
“Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding, / Too eager tenderness. / The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.”
“Would it please you if I strung my tears / In pearls for you to wear?”
“I've come this far to freedom and I won't turn back. / I'm climbing to the highway from my old dirt track.”
Naomi Madgett, U.S. poet, educator
Full name:Naomi Cornelia Long Madgett.