Tenth Grade Graduation
May 26, 2017
Before the gate is locked and shuttered
Before every word is said and uttered
Before I have become something different --
Before the possessions are packed and put away
Before the pavement hardens --
Here to stay.
Before the laws of nature are revealed
Before the vessels break --
and can’t be healed.
Before the hand of God is closed
Before we rise to leave this place –