THE GRADUATE (re-invented)

THE GRADUATE (re-invented)

A Poem by Betty Hermelee

Graduation pride





Three days of pelting rain

Our anxiety peaks

The universe is a blur

Hence, at dawn on the noteworthy morn

Sun’s rays kiss us

With a sweet scent of dew

Bird songs perform a symphony

Butterflies surprise us

A tepid spring day, remarkable for us

Grandeur of floral decor

Our hearts flutter about like hummers flying by


We pause, spirited

to see the college graduation ceremony

She, our only child, doting, proud parents

We track down our stadium seats

The band emits loud music

Countless speeches proceed

Alas, we view her from afar

A dot in a sea of black hats

With white tassels

We access our opera glasses

To bring her closest to us

Tears dampen our cheeks

Blurry vision fleetingly


The processional, pomp and glory

We stare at each other in amazement

Names shout out, biting our ears

She anticipates her turn to walk

Tall, regal, full smile on a dimpled cheek

Hence, the point in time we’ve been awaiting

As she accepts her diploma with elegance and esteem

Our mood is a hybrid of loss and pride










© 2021 Betty Hermelee

Author's Note

Betty Hermelee
been to five grandchildren's college graduations...everyone is special

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Graduations are so specially important
to children and grandchildren that they
have their families in attendance to
celebrate the moment with diploma in
hand and all the pomp and glory of
the day..been to many myself

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much Fran
An important event!
Best, Betty
  Fran Marie

2 Weeks Ago

you're so very welcome
I think this is so sweet...and I think it is wonderful you could attend these graduations...that is so special for your grandchildren.
When I graduated from college with my Bachelors...My folks were overseas they could not come.
They were in the states but unable to travel for my Masters graduation, so I did not go through the ceremony...those are times made more special when our parents or other relatives can attend.
love this one.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

it's hard too when everybody is scattered...but we try...Thanks always,J
Best, B
I was the first child in my family to graduate. All my children did. A special day in our life and the child. A wonderful poem shared my dear friend.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks John, for you're special comment.
Best, B.
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

You are welcome dear Betty.
Such a special day! You wrote of it beautifully. Congratulations to the graduate and family as well. ~Sharon

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your fine review
Best, B

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Added on September 27, 2021
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Betty Hermelee
Betty Hermelee

Black Mountain, NC

My love of poetry results from my love of art. As a painter I am able to express myself on a canvas. As a poet my words come from my heart, my moods, sometimes sad, mostly upbeat. I like to use vivid .. more..


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