The End of a Year – 2022
On June 10, we officially said goodbye to the 2021-22 school year and to the Class of 2022. Saying goodbye to a teacher, friend, school, or classmate can be difficult, sad, or perhaps even joyful with expectation for what is to come. Goodbyes can sharpen our focus on the positive as we anticipate the impending loss; an opportunity to celebrate what was, ahh… the reminiscing. Endings can be heartbreaking, relieving, scary, and transformative and, if done while fully present, a magnificent mixture of all!
To the Class of 2022,
by Cecil Day-Lewis
It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day –
A sunny day with leaves just turning,
The touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play
Your first game of football, then, like a satellite
Wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away
Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
You walking away from me towards the school
With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free
Into a wilderness, the gait of one
Who finds no path where the path should be.
That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.
I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.
In letting go,