Image and text of "Good Things" poem from children's poetry book "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain" by Barbara Vance

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Good Things

I once heard an old man say,
Shaping vases out of clay
Into subtle forms sublime,
“Listen, son, good things take time.”

All my life I’ve thought of this
When a task was lacking bliss,
When the work seemed awfully tough
And I thought I’d had enough.

So I’d give a little more
To what sometimes seemed a chore;
And, you know, without a doubt,
Good things always came about.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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