Oh The Places That You’ll Go

Paul raises more curtains
than his house possesses.

It requires him to open more doors
than neighborhood walls hang.

All of this effort to help Ellie
shatter a glass ceiling or two

with nothing more than a couple
of rose petals and crown of rose thorns.

It is not woke culture.
It is not cancel culture.

It is giving a friend a leg up
to combat systemic inequalities.

It is a little bit breaking and entering
to let natural light shine in.

It is paying it forward.
It is payback for the factory floor.

It is a risk-benefit analysis put in play.
It is a piñata bottom line.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney


The title is a direct take from Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go, which is a popular graduation present for parents to give their children entering adulthood. I mean to say I received my copy after university graduation a long time ago.

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