To the Graduating Class of 2011

Why should you listen to what I say?
I’m not that important anyway.
Who am I to tell all of you,
What you should or should not do?

I should probably give you some advice,
Like maybe use sunscreen once or twice.
But I know you’d soon forget it,
(Though, if you do you may regret it…)

Words of inspiration are hard to find.
They’re buried deep within my mind.
Our emotions are deep and elemental,
And words are merely sentimental.

They do not express the way I feel,
And cannot make the feelings real.
But the things that you don’t know about,
You’ll soon have that all figured out.

Still, you’ve heard all of this before,
So I don’t really need to talk anymore.
Your time here ends, and with any luck,
You won’t look back and think it sucked.

7 thoughts on “To the Graduating Class of 2011

  1. Thank you so much, Cissi! Hearing things like that really makes it all worthwhile. I’ve my fair share of good and bad teachers as well, but I remember all of my English teachers from high school and college. They are what inspired me to become an English teacher. I just hope that one or two of my students looks back and remembers me with fondness.

    • Thanks! I read this at my school’s graduation ceremony a couple of weeks ago and they seemed to like it. I got a nice round of applause at the end.

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