Outside the administration building
Of the local high school is a signpost
Bearing two identical “One Way” signs.
One sign points due left, the other points right.
The first time I saw this it made me laugh
Because it so well expressed that vortex
Of high school life, where we stand and wonder
Which of the right answers we should follow.
But today, surrounded by caps and gowns,
This weathered sage turns valedictory:
You have the best of us now – choose wisely.
Once you leave here, there is no coming back.