Poetry: Graduation

The average person gets 432 haircuts in their lifetime
For you I wonder- too many, or not enough?
Regardless, you will not like most of them
Every seven years your skin is completely renewed
From scalp to toes
A new birthday suit is knitted
You will use at least 150 toothbrushes
from baby teeth or wisdoms,
and swallow just as many spiders
or so the legend goes…
All useless statistics.
The valuable questions are:
How many haircuts until you find yourself?
How much skin must be shed before
it’s thick enough to stand up in battle?
How many spiders must be swallowed
before humbleness stains the lips?
Only you know. 
I ask myself these questions today.
There are many questions.
However, when you find an answer
Your eyes will recognize it.
That day your heart will ring true!
Bells sounding across your id,
Oh, that cavernous landscape of echos!
We graduate many times, not just today.
May you celebrate each one
May you love life and all its folly
May you walk upright and with purpose
You have made it this far
I promise you, it will only get better.


Published by Shannon Laws

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet. Her story-telling poetry has touched many hearts and minds. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award for promoting local artists on community radio and encouraging peace and understanding through community poetry events. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

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