For Real Toads’ portrait challenge, I took inspiration from a photo taken just before my graduation. 


She’s standing tall, smiling wide,

White tassel not yet on the left side,

Black mortarboard covering brown hair,

Bangs for once out of her blue eyes —

She enjoys this moment feeling surprised

She made it through, with friends too,

Feelings of relief, pride, and true joy bloom.

10 thoughts on “Graduation

  1. An important moment beautifully captured, together with the surprise of accomplishment. I like that she wasn’t just thinking of herself and includes her friends in her feelings of relief, pride, and true joy. I’m interested in how long ago the graduation was, since you’ve painted a self-portrait in the third person, which has put some distance between you and the girl in the photograph.

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