Is there some gate
Through which everyone must pass
Where some guard stands to regulate
Assuring that each maturing child wears spectacles of glass?
Does he say:
“See the world without the lies!
To be a grown-up person,
You must have grown-up eyes.”
“I’m sorry sir,” I will reply
“But I will see beauty my own way until I’m blind.
For I know the best beauty is the sort you have to find.
If disillusionment means
I must surrender
Then I cannot have it.
I will not ignore life’s splendor
I will be called ignorant.
But I do not care
It takes no courage to be disillusioned.
Believing is far the greater dare.”