Graduation Day, 1998

Graduation Day, 1998

A Poem by Melinda McQueen

Graduation Day, 1998


Dressed in my red cap and gown,

the day I awaited had finally arrived.

The Maverick Football field  
adorned with folding chairs in neat lines.


I couldn’t believe the day had come
when my persistence paid off.

I had finished this race
and my goal was not aloft.


That day had been a scorcher
in the high nineties.

Though graduation took place in the evening,
the muggy air held its hand over the scene.


Even so, the day manifested
and I was seated among my classmates,
thrilled to have succeeded
in more than one way.


Tough times had come,
but with God’s help, and my family’s,
I made it to Graduation Day,
the special day for my peers and me.


Slowly but surely, the line of graduates progressed,
and then it happened… my name was called.

Much to my surprise, my classmates stood for me!

Then, everyone in the stands gave a standing ovation, one and all.


My tassel was then swept to the other side,
signifying I had made it with hard work and faith.

Moments later, my cap accompanied the others in the sky,
on Graduation Day, 1998.


Melinda McQueen Rodgers

October 9, 2021

© 2021 Melinda McQueen

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Added on October 9, 2021
Last Updated on October 9, 2021
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Melinda McQueen
Melinda McQueen


Hello, I'm Melinda from Texas. I am a published author. I'm in a chair with Cerebral Palsy and writing is my outlet. I have found deep pleasure in writing poetry. Writing helps me express my emotion.. more..