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Another Chance To Get It Right

May 19, 2010

Children of the world. Future flowers, now seeds. Some hand-raised, nourished in love-richened ground. Others tossed carelessly on the coldest concrete, struggling beneath Darwin’s dispassionate sunlight.

Each unique, snowflake-individualized. And all the same.

Our race. The human race.

One color–many shades.

Treasures to some, toys to others.

They will reach the stars and stalk the shadows.

What children are, more than anything else, is this: another chance for our flawed species. Another chance to get it right.

–Andrew Vachss, from Another Chance to Get It Right, Dark Horse Publishing 1993.

Today my wife and I celebrate our “chance.” Our little drummer boy, Alexander, turns 8. Happy Birthday, son.

One Comment
  1. May 19, 2010 3:45 am

    Beautiful poem. Happy Birthday to your little drummer boy!

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