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Friday, June 15, 2012

Poetry: Graduation


The average person gets 432 haircuts in their lifetime
For you I wonder- too many, or not enough?
Regardless, you will not like most of them

Every seven years your skin is completely renewed
From scalp to toes
A new birthday suit is knitted

You will use at least 150 toothbrushes
from baby teeth or wisdoms,
and swallow just as many spiders
or so the legend goes...

All useless statistics.
The valuable questions are:

How many haircuts until you find yourself?

How much skin must be shed before
it's thick enough to stand up in battle?

How many spiders must be swallowed
before humbleness stains the lips?

Only you know. 
I ask myself these questions today.

There are many questions.

However, when you find an answer
Your eyes will recognize it.
That day your heart will ring true!
Bells sounding across your id,
Oh, that cavernous landscape of echos!

We graduate many times, not just today.
May you celebrate each one
May you love life and all its folly
May you walk upright and with purpose

You have made it this far
I promise you, it will only get better.

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