Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Engaging New World Yet Again

on May 27, 2018

Sixty-four years ago I first commenced
Marched to regal music Pomp and Circumstance
Received high school diploma, adjusted my tassel
And was graduated. The beginning.

Four more years later another time
Marched outdoors on campus
Without Pomp and Circumstance
Received college diploma.

Life became serious.
Brought me independence and marriage
Motherhood of three babies. No diplomas or music
Recognition or sleep.

Years in the middle
Marched to my own drum beat
Weathered whatever my life set before me
Found goodness in living.

Long rich years have passed
I sense a commencement.
My body is slowing
While fine new gifts flourish.

If there is marching I’ll get out my cane
Wear purple and celebrate all that I’ve learned
Applauding the music of birds and the rain.
I don’t need a diploma.

21 responses to “Engaging New World Yet Again

  1. Dale says:

    This is absolutely wonderful, Ina.
    March on, beautiful lady! We will cheer you as you do!

  2. You have earned a real life golden diploma as well which is much more valuable! xo

  3. “commencement” never so fulsome with meaning – bravo

  4. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks for your affirmation, dear Lynn.

  5. jabrush1213 says:

    Beautiful post, commencement is really a celebration of moving on from one phase of life to another.

  6. Lechfisch says:

    You certainly don’t … this is a most satisfying and complete journey down the river of your life and into the uncharted waters of your future! I wish you long and steady sailing.

  7. It’s been 37 years for me. I remember when 20 seemed like a really big deal.
    It’s true, we got no deplomas for our babies. But I did get a certificate from them one Mother’s day that was pretty cool

  8. Eric Alagan says:

    Life’s lessons need no piece of parchment. We take with us our lessons – much further and farther than we might imagine.

    I love your poem, Ina – an apt summation.

    All good wishes,

  9. vivachange77 says:

    Thank you , Eric, for your beautiful response.

  10. Resa says:

    I’m right behind you
    Birds and rain
    Our time is ours
    New game engaged.

    Lovely poem and sentiment. Thank you!

  11. Love this Ina, I’ll be happy to cheer you on as you march 🙂

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