I was a teacher. I am still a teacher.
Over the past month I have listened and observed the graduates from our high schools, some of whom make me proud.
And so I pass on the following poem, hoping teenagers will read and think.
For what it’s worth.
-Patrick J. Bethel
Your world is changing faster now.
Your choices are unfolding.
The future lies within you grasp.
A vital force worth molding.
Your role is not a simple one.
Your course has not been set.
You must avoid the obstacles.
Steer clear of every threat.
The pressures come from all around-
Examples good and bad.
Be richer through the friends you choose,
The peers who strengthen, add.
Deserve your parents trust.
Let go of your dependence-
Temper freedom’s forward thrust.
Don’t ever lose control
And let the others steer your course.
Your life’s a gift for you to shape
With independent force.
Reach high; pursue you talents;
Make the most of your potential.
Remember, as your goals take form,
Your dreams become essential.
You may seek all the answers:
Be content to find a few.
Don’t grow impatient with the world-
Tomorrow’s world is you.
– – Bruce B. Wilmer