Did you ever look at the sky’s deep blue
And wonder what made it that way?
Did you ever watch white clouds as they flew
Or crystal raindrops at play?
Have you ever seen the shivering stars,
In their setting of velvet black,
Or dreamed that you could go to Mars
And leave this world of fact?
Have you ever seen a fragile moon
In a diamond-studded sky,
Or watched the silver moths of June
In the heavenward course they fly?
Did you ever stand on top of a cliff
And look at an emerald sea,
Or see white flowers, the wedding gown
Of Springtime’s bride, an apple tree?
If all these things you know and love —
The earth, the sea, blue sky above —
Then you have seen with mortal eyes
The first small glimpse of Paradise.
This poem was written by Ms. Quan’s mother, Elaine Evans, when Ms. Evans was 17 years old — Ed.
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