Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #299

Words:  tassel, speakers, sign, orange, board, love, honor, line, drum, work, bouquet, interpret

Commencement speakers
domed in orange-tasseled
hats, scan sign board
for their names. They
await announcement preceded
by a drumroll. Eager teared-up
parents spill love and pride,
peer at stage, clutching
bouquets and tissues. Graduates
stand by to accept diplomas,
trusting their hard work
will culminate in honorable
degrees, thus propelling them
to head of line for prestigious
positions–interpreted as skipping
bottom rung of ladder. Those
born in wealthy, influential
families relax, knowing
they needn’t be concerned.
Their employment has already
been arranged.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Grads

  1. Jae Rose says:

    Made me think of Dead Poets Society – and the line Mr future banker..Mr future lawyer etc.. an adept focus on the world..


  2. C.C. says:

    Nice nod to unearned privilege at the end there!


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