How about imaginary numbers and infinity,
Isotopes, electron flow, radio-activity,
The shock of The Windhover, the silence
Surging from The Listeners, the mystery
Of the St. John’s gospel, the enticing list
Of other books within a Harper Torchbook
I struggled with in history class.
And I was like a Saul, thrown from his horse and bewildered-
There were all those things beyond my understanding
That I’ve never gotten out of my mind.
There’s no diploma given for such feelings;
They lead but to a recognition: that when
High School ends commencement starts.