The only graduate of color
The only graduate with a first mom and a second one
The only graduate from a single parent home
The only graduate
I noticed coming in the room as Pomp and Circumstance played jerky with our hearts.

He stood so tall, walking with tempered awe
placing disbelief and magic in alternating steps in front and behind
him-with his first mom’s proud eyes looking out at the crowd.

At his village assembled: Uncle, Sarah, Jay, Eddie, Tia, KK, Mommy and Marcel.

Taking in his face, seeing it in my arms in the hotel
five and a half years ago, so peaceful despite
my disbelief in the magic I was near and now this

child leaves this child(hood) behind with the sweet ease of his ABC’s.

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