Eddie Roa

Rookie - 3 Points (June 22,1942 / Manila. Philippines)

Graduation Post Script - Poem by Eddie Roa

When we got through our scholastic years
And have returned to youthful stomping grounds
Hello again to the sweet reality of being extramural
Relieved from reading tome upon heavy tome

Wanting in words to describe the relief the completion caused
From the rigors and hardships of a disciplined way of life
The august halls of the alma mater a prison now behind us
And the parchment scroll did seem irrelevant to our lives then

The college library had rude graffiti on its mottled walls
The carillon pealed from fractured bells tinny hymns
A heavy yellow pall spread clammily on the quadrangle
The dean was in disrespect, the faculty tainted, we were sure

But what of the mind, the nurturing of which, we
Unknowingly, surreptitiously had been honed to face
The challenges of a reality then far imagined
Clearing the muddled glasses of youthful views

Soon we realize that the years behind the ivied walls
Were not stones wasted and skimmed in an algae filled pond
Later as we mused and pondered complexities of existence
That would have stunned us dumb had we not persisted

Comments about Graduation Post Script by Eddie Roa

  • Gil GregorioGil Gregorio (2/8/2009 8:59:00 PM)

    This is a great poem of reminiscence.... glad to read it. (Report)Reply

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (2/7/2009 8:00:00 AM)

    Authoritative, scholarly, classical. What else can I say? A great, great poem indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • Indira Babbellapati (2/7/2009 12:54:00 AM)

    i simply wanted to sleep as long as i could upon submitting my thesis...let me tell you, sleep evaded me more than ever...but what a relief it was! you brought bk the memories... (Report)Reply

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  • A Poet Who Loves To Sing Alves (2/6/2009 8:29:00 PM)


    Such a wonderful poem....I understand those feelings so well having written my own musings about those days...past, present, future. You are right on point dear sir.10

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  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (2/6/2009 8:22:00 PM)

    Its all here. The dam hard work and the heavy books. Great vocabulary and imagery. Reflection is the knowing you have the wisdom to not always discard the vibrancy of youth, but to have the wisdom of a man as well. Karin Anderson (Report)Reply

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  • Ency BearisEncy Bearis (2/5/2009 10:21:00 PM)

    A good vivid write...a great poem...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Kite Remedy (2/5/2009 9:30:00 PM)

    it's so real the description that you give here,
    full of imagery, and the word choice also perfect..

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  • Lynda Robson (2/5/2009 5:55:00 AM)

    Good write Eddie, very well written full of imagery,
    Lynda xx

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, May 3, 2010

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