Poetry

The Rearview Mirror

You are parked in the driveway checking the mirror

Seeing the reflection of four years gone by

When  first you came here with strong smell of fear

The sense of wanting to fight when you really wanted to cry

 

Scared little children making your place in this school

Pushing back at authority every step of the way

Grinding and growing while breaking the rules

Leading you forward to your graduation day

 

We’ve watched you grow into budding young adults

Learning that sideview mirrors are more important than your phone

Drive upright in your seat for best results

You’re now in crowded traffic, and you’re driving alone

 

As you attempt a lane change on the day of your commencement

Quickly check both sideviews, the rearview, and then go

There are cars all around that may cause a dent

But life is filled with dents, lessons learned, and time spent

 

There will be many times you may be afraid to change lanes

Because you feel too safe and comfortable in a stagnant space

But you must have enough faith to take that opening

Your rearview reminds you not to stay in the same place

 

The people in your life have poured wisdom into you

We’ve given you a car of life to start you on your way

Be safe as you maneuver through this world

If you have a small accident, it’ll still be okay

 

Today, your teachers, counselors, and administrators are in your rearview

Your bright future lies right in front of your windshield

The Richwood High School Staff will always be there for you

When you’re empty, check your mirror for a refill.

 

You have completed high school but your work is not done

So get out there in traffic of life and don’t be afraid to go slow

The rearview mirror will show you how far you have come

But the windshield will show you how much further you can go