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  • Poem of the Day: Graduation Day
    Drawn by ceremonial obligation
    up from sleep I woke and stepped 
    into the borrowed black robes
    all ghost bureaucrats trained 
    to redirect dreaming pretend 
    we do not like to wear. I drove 
    my black car to the stadium 
    to sit on stage and be watched 
    watching young expectant spirits 
    one by one with dread certainty 
    pass before me, clouded 
    in their names. Then listened 
    to no one in their speeches say 
    you’re welcome for allowing 
    us not to tell you it’s already 
    too late to learn anything 
    or defend whatever accidental 
    instrument in us causes 
    all these useless thoughts. 
    Like if you walked for hours 
    through the vast black avenues 
    of those server farms all of us 
    with our endless attention built,
    you could almost feel the same 
    peaceful disinterest as when 
    your parents talking and smoking 
    raised their heads for a moment 
    to smile and tell you go back 
    upstairs and read the book 
    you love about myths that explain 
    weather and death. Now it is 
    almost June and they are finally 
    the children they always were. 
    So more precise than anyone 
    has ever had to be, go forget
    everything we told you
    so you can fix what we kept
    destroying by calling the future.

    Matthew Zapruder, "Graduation Day." Copyright © 2017 Matthew Zapruder. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.

    Source: PoetryNow(2017)

    Matthew Zapruder

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