Dogs 2007

GRADUATION
(5/13/07)


I went
to a graduation
ceremony
last week

a friend's
daughter
received
her bachelor's
in nursing

she's smart
beautiful
and genuinely
cares
about people

how amazing

she was among
hundreds of others
collecting various
certificates of completion
including bachelor's
master's
and doctorate's

four awards
were given
that night
and she
received
one of them

she is special

I have
no doubts
about her

but I looked
around
at the other faces
and wondered about
the intent
behind
each mask

I knew
there were those
with degrees in hand
but with minds
many miles
and years
away

I was
one
of the distracted
25 years
ago

it's been
so long
in fact
that I cannot
even be sure
that any it
happened
at all

maybe
they are simply
stolen memories
of someone
else's
lost hope