Elli Michler (1921-2014) wrote this poem in the year 1987.
I WISH YOU TIME
I don’t wish you all sorts of gifts.
I just wish you, what most people don’t have:
I wish you time to be happy and to laugh
and if you use it, you can make something out of it.
I wish you time for your doings and thinking,
not only for yourself, but also to give away to others.
I wish you time – not to hastle and run,
but time to know how to be contented.
I wish you time – not to pass just like that.
I wish that some of it may be left for you
as a time to marvel and to trust,
instead of just looking at the time on your watch.
I wish you time to reach for the stars,
and time to grow, to mature.
I wish you time to hope and to love.
There is no sense in putting this time off.
I wish you time to find yourself,
to see the happiness in each day and each hour.
I wish you time also to forgive.
I wish you: time to live.