For the graduates ~ and their mothers and teachers
Change pains us and mother’s pain is deep
Like labor and tears and vast spaces you know she’ll grow into –
Pain oft blends with joy as somehow they are one,
Both cut and there is blood because there is love –
Like Wordsworth’s daffodils hosts of girls sing and dance
And breathe beneath trees in breezes that blow them to faraway places
And it all begins with flowers –
Flowers and girls and flower-girls –
And hope and joy and expectation
And no fear and much fear and sighs and
Love active, too pure for dreams.
And flowers and girls and flower-girls –
And white and wreaths and hair bows large.
Eager eyes and girls on grasses and young meets younger as older looks on
And God said, “It is good.”
Good-bye begins with good – all good –
So good-bye to this day and the next and the next –
Good-bye here is hello to a newness fresh.
My pupils stay forever young but I grow old
And so does she, my only,
Yet all is well
Because all is love.
I have smelled the scents of love, they are the scents of spring –
Love smells like flowers.
And girls. And flower girls.
For Rainey and all my girls