AFTER GRADUATION

I thought that graduation was the saddest time of my life because I had to say goodbye to so many friendships and to my routine life. I wrote this after the Thanksgiving holidays when I got to see everyone who left for college for the first time in months.

It was five months ago we took our separate paths
Fighting hard to make time last
We had fun while we could and shed some tears
Held on to memories as we confessed our fears

Few were excited, some were scared
Most of us were sad and not at all prepared
We had to say goodbye to so many faces
As we packed our bags for brand new places

At first it was hard because everything was new
Then things got easier as more friendships grew
Time's gone by so fast and we've come so far
But we still remember who our real friends are

Once a month phone calls keep us in touch
Letters and phone calls are forced to be enough
Things aren't the way they used to be
Our lives have changed and so have we

They said, "Your friends in high school will fade away"
You'll make friends in college and unintentionally stray
Your personality will change and your morals will lower
Then before you know it, old friendships will be over

Homecoming and Thanksgiving came then went
Stories were told and time was spent
We've all changed and witnessed different things
But when we're together, nothing's changed it seems

Distance has only made us realize we're strong
Though deep down we've known it all along
So wherever you go, whatever you do
Know you'll always have a friend who stands beside you

Copyright © 2000 Andrea Duchamp