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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Final Assignment

"Tell us all what
it means to fail
miserably even when you
are doing the best
you can every moment
and where the will
to keep moving hides."
YOU
have reached the peak!
Today is a celebration
of many achievements from
the last four years.
This day solemnly commemorates
how you worked through
all of your classes
and have been enriched
in academics and life.

Some
of you here, however, 
just barely scraped by.
Your last assignment was
turned in thirty minutes
before the principal decided
whether you could take
part in today's graduation.

Our
approach to valediction is
backwards.  I know that
he/she/they worked very hard;
he/she/they deserve much praise.
But for everyone's benefit, 
the one who fought
the hardest, the one
who overcame the most
should be speaking today.

You,
the hardest worker with
the courage to stand
in front of the
whole town, I want
to know what you
would have to say?

You
just finished a marathon
and are tired; so,
you we don't expect
you to be perky.
What have you learned
about working hard, and
about working through pain?
About giving up and
then getting back up?

Your
final assignment: rehearse your
success story and never
hesitate to share how
you have overcome adversity.

Many
won't have any experience
with this - blessed with
good homes, good brains,
and lots of luck.
Tell us all what
it means to fail
miserably even when you
are doing the best
you can every moment
and where the will
to keep moving hides.
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The Collected Chaff, v. 1.0 
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