NOTE: This was actually written from one of Writer’s Digests’ ‘Wednesday Poetry Prompts’ from last month – to write a ‘graduation’ poem. I held off from posting it as I submitted it to a poetry magazine for consideration, however it didn’t make the cut so I therefore share it with you now.
It was quite an emotional one for me to write, as university shaped a lot of who I am as a person, and I made some great friends all those years ago while studying from 2005-2008. This is my tribute to them and my time there:
Class of ’08
The faces that became friends
Were not the immediate ones
At the start of this academic journey.
No, I amassed a group slowly
Outside the confines of the dorm
Where heavy silence reigned
In awkward kitchen encounters.
I found allies and ease instead
At the bustle of the bar,
Bonding over mutual fear
And unwinding over a beer.
These alliances then grew
In the hurried lectures of the day
And through the libations of the night,
As we wandered into parties,
Stumbling home, still laughing,
Sharing cheesy chips on the way
(Which in truth, I still devour now,
Recalling those carefree days).
We ostensibly still grew, matured,
Shared the tough times too,
Carrying each other ‘til the end.
For the first time in a long while,
I felt like I had friends.
Realisation struck as well,
As I discovered who I really was,
What I had been hiding, or just denying,
Was now out in the open,
And the reassurance and acceptance
Is something I’ll always remember and cherish.
I held back some tears that hot July day,
As we marched to receive the paper
Reminding us why we here to begin with,
But to me, the resulting degree
Was far from the most precious thing
That I obtained from those three years.
It was the release from loneliness,
The friends made for life,
Who I know too look back and smile
On that time somewhere between adult and child.
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