Salute

(for my granddaughter Jeanine,
first in family to graduate college WSU-2014)


The sea of cardboard caps nod to the man
who tells them wealth comes by a master plan.
For you Jeanine, with tassel and degree,
stay teachable. Your Consciousness is key
and lock and door, and all things firm and pliant
. It's paint and palette, land and sky and sea.
It's all that loves, and all that stands defiant
when dark things growl. It's all that's wild and free,
and parent of wisdom, honor, joy and peace,
plus engine, wheels and road to bright release.