A Graduation Poem

My nephew Dylan in Florida and my cousin Darby in Colorado are both graduating from high school this year. I sent them each a check and the following poem. Click here to listen to me recite it and sing a song I’ve always associated with graduation.

You’ll note the poem is an acrostic in which the first letter of each consecutive line spells a word, in this case, “graduate.” The first letter of each line is in bold so you can see how these letters spell the word, as you read down the page. I dedicate this not only to Dylan and Darby but also to anyone graduating. Congratulations!




Go out into the world.

Reach for the top.

Always look forward.

Dream of what you want to be.

Use your mind, heart, hands,

And you can do anything.

Trust your instincts.

Energize your life.


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

3 thoughts on “A Graduation Poem”

  1. Abbie–How fortunate your nephew and cousin are to have a relative who is a poet who can send the gift of a graduation poem! Your acrostic makes a great graduation gift. “Climb Every Mountain” is a wonderful selection to accompany this poem.

    Take care–Alice


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