Passing the Dream

Passing the Dream

From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

Passing the Dream

She sat on the bench, feeding the birds.

Just throwing crumbs, not saying a word.

I sat down with my beads and braids, Proclaiming what a mess her generation had made.

I spoke of poverty, and the war in ’Nam.

What is the use of going on?

She replied softly:

“All my life, I have worked for change.

Today, I give you my dream.

You can make a difference, with the small things you do. The future is entirely left to you.

If things go wrong and you feel down, Open your eyes and look around.

Don’t look for someone to blame.

Search for an inspiration, to rise again.

The changes you make may not always be seen.

But perhaps you can give a child the chance to dream.

So get to work, and maybe find A small solution to help humankind.

All my life, I have worked for change.

Today I give you my dream.”

Today I decided to take a walk.

I passed a teen loudly playing his boom box.

He turned his music down low And we chatted for a minute or so.

He spoke of the homeless, and the streets filled with crime.

Couldn’t my generation have found the time To ease some of this discord By feeding the hungry, and housing the poor?

I replied softly:

“All my life, I have worked for change.

Today, I give you my dream.

I hope you make our world a better place.

But you must work diligently; just keep pace With the changes and dreams of the generation to come.

But with a little luck, a small battle may be won.

Someday, we will merge. And in time you will be The older generation looking back to see How you have answered all these questions you ask.

Fixing tomorrow is now your task.

All my life, I have worked for change.

Today, I give you my dream.”

Penny Caldwell

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