An Adverse Reaction to Adieu: Valedictory Facts
by Poema Escritor
Fact: 75% of graduates get a haircut or string a profound brown bead
Another fact: 65% of them send out applications: to burger joints, to regional colleges, to the Ivies
Just another fact: 55% of those finally learn to tie their running shoes
Does-it-matter-fact: 10% only read ahead on their hand-me-down Norton Anthologies.
And the 25% of those unaccounted for? Those who graduate like
those who walk down the aisle like the people who receive their diplomas,
I mean those who almost didn’t make it but made it. By the string of their teeth, or
was that skin of something? Like when the finals are coming up in a few hours
and they are still sipping their lukecool coffee from their moms who eventually let
them sip just for the heck of it. Or was it because they are working their fifth
jobs just to put their child through the mandatory educational system.
Avoiding the occasion when they will both be flipping burgers
and stringing beans, or was that beads in
their shared living rooms.