TOUCHSTONE
ART LIT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

A Valedictorian can fail;

fourteen years of hard work

lost in a single email.

 

Examine every detail

as you stab the GPA with a fork.

A Valedictorian can fail.

 

Dropping to the lower end of the scale,

haunted by the weight of the coursework

lost in a single email.

 

Grab the school of books and set sail

to a place you don’t feel like a dork.

A Valedictorian can fail,

 

but trying to let go is like a hangnail

being picked at: the scars lurk,

and all of them reside in a single email.

 

There’s nothing you can do but prevail;

hide the message in a bottle topped with a cork.

Yes, a Valedictorian can fail,

but not everything can be lost in a single email.

BRANDI
SHRAMEK

VILLANELLE FOR THE VALEDICTORIAN

Poetry