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The Quality of Beginnings
There are lighthouses on the East Coast whose lonely profiles stare far away across the sea
Lighthouses and yards of ocean I have never seen.
If I died tomorrow, would I regret not seeing those lighthouses?
There are millions of people moving in the bustling anthills that are America's metropolises
Millions of people I will never know.
If I died tomorrow, would I regret not knowing those people?
There are hundreds of thousands of places across the world where someone is crying out in pain
Pain I will never soothe.
If I died tomorrow, would I regret not soothing that pain?
Think of all the views to miss, the people to know, the pain to soothe.
How can anyone wish for death
When there is a world in so much need of us?
There is only one place in our great country where someone is writing this poem.
One place only where I can be.
If I died tomorrow, would I regret this place?
I think not.
I think I would remember this place forever
As the beginning of my journey
But by itself it is not enough.
I must go forth to do my best to hush the world's cry for help.
It is a wonderful beginning,
But a beginning is only so much.