Sunday, February 01, 2009

For Fred, who is starting school tomorrow

Your childrenare not your childrenThey are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you
yet they belong not to you
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,

but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.