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Who will give hope to the children, When parents are homeless, Or jobless, or hopeless?

What will become of the children

in a hate-spattered world where anger is hurled

at institutions and blameless humanity?

When ignorance and apathy

Or religious piety deny wretched situations,

What will become of the children?

Who will nurture the children,

when parents struggle with drug dependencies,

and kids drift about on icy seas lost in storms of confusion.

Who will nurture the children?

CHORUS

I heard a small voice whisper to me,

"You can begin with just two or three,

So gather a few in community

and begin to nurture the children.

We all need to nurture the children."

Who will give hope to the children,

When parents are homeless,

Or jobless, or hopeless?

When the future lies only in the very "now" moment?

When their whole world is no larger

than the crumbling ghetto?

Who will give hope to the children?

CHORUS

What lessons will we teach our children

Of national heritage, of family past,

Of dreams for tomorrow and values that last?

How to walk into the future with respect for all life,

Responsibility and coping in times of strife?

What lessons will we teach our children?

CHORUS

What gifts will we leave to our children?

Diseases of body and mental despair,

Or a spirit that dances in unpolluted air?

Life skills and wisdom, wings to fly,

Strong encouragement to get up and try?

An economic burden of budgets long past

Or a balanced slate — not in red but in black?

What gifts will we leave to our children?

CHORUS

I still hear that voice calling to me,

"You can begin with just two or three

So gather a few in community

And nurture our precious children.

And nurture our precious children."

Jeanie Oakleaf Anderson is a member of the Jottings Group at The Lake Oswego Adult

Community Center


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