We will walk all through the night
and talk of ways to make things right.
We will take the world we see
and make our dreams reality.
With the strength of our minds,
we’ll erase the hopeless sighs
of weary men as they try
to make a living—to survive.
We will fully eradicate
all the envy and the hate
that always seem to invade
the souls of men every day.
With our strength we can change
the way in which our life’s arranged.
Our belief in peace and grace
can save us from the working race.
Constant striving to be free
can only open destiny.
Endless groping in the night
will always lead us to the light.
We will live to see the day
when our children can safely play
in streets not torn with racial fears,
nor gutters flooded with our tears.
We will walk all through the night.
Copyright 1980 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman
Another older poem today to celebrate optimism! Although this piece was written nore than thirty years ago, it displays one of my fundamental beliefs--that we can make the world a better place.