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Naomi Madgett

  • 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.

    • Naomi Madgett,
    • "When I Was Young," The One and the Many ()
  • Much growth is stunted by too careful prodding, / Too eager tenderness. / The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.

    • Naomi Madgett,
    • "Woman With Flower," Star by Star ()
  • Would it please you if I strung my tears / In pearls for you to wear?

    • Naomi Madgett,
    • "The Race Question," Star by Star ()
  • 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,
    • "Midway" (1959), Star by Star ()

Naomi Madgett, U.S. poet, educator


Full name:Naomi Cornelia Long Madgett.