March 14, 1986

I wish I had listened
to you Coach, giving your
commencement speech
at Ohio State University.
I would have made sure,
that I’d never let the other
team beat me, Sir,
&pledge that I’d never
beat myself at my own game
either, like I did.
I wouldn’t have felt sorry
for myself so much,
opening up
the road to alcohol
&other tearing things.
I would have realized
I needed a mother.
One whom I could never
repay, so I’d have to
pay it forward.
I wish you’d say it again,
“You can outwork anybody,
Angie.” You know, Sir,
I almost believe I would
have found that to be true.

This fun Found Poetry prompt
had me digging through the best
commencement speeches ever.
This one was inspired
by Woody Hayes’ speech.


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