Learn to Wait

LEARN to wait—life’s hardest lesson,
Conned, perchance, through blinding tears,
While the heart-throbs sadly echo
To the tread of passing years.

Learn to wait—hope’s slow fruition;
Faint not, though the way seem long;
There is joy in each condition—
Hearts through suffering may grow strong.

Constant sunshine, howe’er welcome,
Ne’er will ripen fruit or flower,
Giant oaks owe half their greatness
To the scathing tempest’s power.

Thus a soul, untouched by sorrow,
Aims not at a higher state;
Joy seeks not a brighter morrow,
Only sad hearts learn to wait.

Human strength and human greatness
Spring not from life’s sunny side;
Heroes must be more than driftwood
Floating on a waveless tide.

– Anonymous