For the Graduates

Full speed ahead, you go
Eyes wide, heart open,
Mouth shut.
Until, of course, it needs to open
and out comes a song
you never meant to sing.

Notes you never knew you knew.

Full speed ahead, you go
Until it is time to rest.
Remember your weariness is not
weakness, even though their spelling
is so similar.

Full speed ahead, you go
quietly, deeply, intentionally
So much so, that sometimes
full speed looks like
Full stop.

Full speed ahead, you go
pulling us with you,
walking, rolling, scooting or sitting our way
toward the beauty that is justice, kindness,
and broken wholeness.

Full speed ahead, then
But know that we for whom you front,
have got your back.

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