Past the Daisy Age and Shakes

so they said historic as you were making history
with your eBay selling
and countdown trajectory
we waited and watched you fill out
the small bubbles with pencils
looking intermittently at the clock
for snow
for fall
for rain
for summer sweat and sweets and back again
“No one came?” I heard you say
or gasp–
the times have changed…
we didn’t need you to graduate
or this to save face–
what will you do
when you’ve fallen from grace?
No Saturday tutoring or soft, tiny place–
I will keep you forever
little stars and silver fate
I will cherish you forever
past the empty envelopes and
past the shredded paper and waste
past the pilling in the laundry
past the daisy age and shakes–


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