Classic and Contemporary Poetry
GROWTH, by GRACE ROREM ROBBINS
First Line: Some times there are when forces crush and pull
Last Line: Through love, through willing sacrifice, or both.
Some times there are when forces crush and pull
To break the atom, or the shell encasing;
The time has struck, maturity is full,
Life must into a higher form be racing;
The particles that were have served their day
But seem to grieve, in letting go their part;
Yet earth, all things within it, must give way
To onward rushing destiny's sly art.
Instinctively we grope the nearest tread
With faces set the way which we would go;
Confused, exhausted, drooping, fall back dead;
All things but truth, direct, must be laid low;
The law of every living thing is growth
Through love, through willing sacrifice, or both.
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