This poem was written on Saturday, May 29, 1999, for my mother, on the day I graduated from Lakehead University.
I attended LU for five years, after taking four years to complete my high school education.
I went back to school when my son was 7 months old, enrolling in a special program for single mothers.
The reason the poem mentions “nine” years is because I have combined the years I attended school consecutively after my son was born. The picture above shows my mom’s fridge, which still has the poem on it.
~ON THIS DAY ~
On this day, I stand proud
For soon my name will be heard aloud,
And my degrees will be presented to me.
On this day, I remember the past nine years,
Including much laughter and many shod tears
And, as I stand here, I look at thee.
On this day, I feel your love and pride
Enveloping me from every side,
And I want you to know how much you mean to me.
On this day, I recall the struggles we’ve endured,
But my unhappiness, you have finally cured,
And now it is time for you to set me free.
On this day, I stand here as a graduate at last,
Making your dreams for me a thing of the past,
And, soon, my dreams will become a reality.
On this day, a new chapter of my life will commence –
One which will be based on goals and common sense,
And I’ll survive just fine, wherever I’ll be.
NOTE: You can read more of my poetry in A Collection of 14 Poems I Wrote (Collection #1) …
And more in A Collection of 4 Poems I Wrote (Collection #2)…
And even more in Poetry I Wrote (Collection #3).
You can also check out these Haiku poems!