Writer’s Quote: Gwendolyn Brooks

Writer’s Quote: Gwendolyn Brooks


Welcome to another writer’s quote/poem Wednesday, where I share some of my favourite poems written by other authors. Today’s poem is titled “to the young who want to die”. In all honesty, even though this poem was written by a truly spectacular writer, Gwendolyn Brooks, it’s not among my top favourites.

The reason I am sharing it today is because, it is a poem this generation needs to read and ponder upon. It talks about an issue, which although we shy away from, it is prevalent all around us. Thank you Miss Gwendolyn for speaking to the young.

On the note of gratitude, I just want to give a shotout to fellow blogger Michael Medlen(Flawed masterpieces), for reblogging a poem of mine yesterday. It was very decent of you to ask if you could share it, and then reblog it. I appreciate it.


Sit down. Inhale. Exhale.
The gun will wait. The lake will wait.
The tall gall in the small seductive vial
will wait, will wait:
will wait a week: will wait through April.
You do not have to die this certain day.
Death will abide, will pamper your postponement.
I assure you death will wait. Death has
a lot of time. Death can
attend to you tomorrow. Or next week. Death is
just down the street; is most obliging neighbor;
can meet you any moment.

You need not die today.
Stay here – through pout or pain or peskyness.
Stay here: See what the news is going to be tomorrow.

Graves grow no green that you can use.
Remember, green’s your color. You are Spring.

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23 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote: Gwendolyn Brooks

      1. Not familiar with that one but she always had a distinct style that stuck in my mind. I’m also a fan of early romantic british poets. One that has always stuck with me is John Done… “Mark but in this flee…”

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      2. She does, and her writing isn’t too complex too compared to many others. You like William Wordsworth then? I have read only a few John Donne poems. I’m going to check them out now.


      3. I have a Wordsworth book on my shelf but haven’t cracked it open. Donne is fun but can be tricky if you haven’t read a lot of earlier British poets. Well worth the mental effort if you ask me however.


  1. Who’s your favorite poets if I may ask BTW… Mine are Langston Hughes and Sia but i guess pop music lyrics is a no no is some cultures or I guess what we call in Ohio “Writer’s Workshops!”


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