It is World Food Day
and Oaklands High 2017
chooses a stormy night
(non-politically speaking)

a valedictory
a parting
of course)

a good-bye
a farewell
a leave-taking
(in a non-political
kind of way)

Oaklands High matrics
celebrate on a stormy night
my jeans cap and coat
still damp some
3 hours later

Oaklands High 2017
the Juliets say
their goodbyes
to their Romeos

goodnight goodnight
parting is such
sweet sorrow
that I shall say
goodnight till it be morrow

and on the morrow
they were to be there
(reminded quite pointedly)
at 8 for breakfast

Oaklands High matrics
now shuffle off
to Greater Places
beyond the school gate