What is Left of You

I am resharing this poem in honor of all the parents attending graduations this month. Congratulations. New adventures await.

flashlight batteries

The running shoes you left behind
positioned like you evaporated from them
angled as if deserted mid-step
have me wondering
were you ready
to move on to an unknown life

stuffing skills and memories in a backpack
experiences overflowing from unzipped pockets
your back receding into the distance
I have learned the answer to
Are you ever ready?

© Ali Grimshaw

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12 thoughts on “What is Left of You

  1. I don’t think we’re ever ready for our children to grow up and start their own lives, but once they do, we realize that our relationship with them isn’t broken at all. It’s just different. And that makes it okay.

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