The Degree!

She gave up that retirement plan

So she could become all that she can

Pushing away the money vice

She knows what it means to make a sacrifice


Gripping on the helm of fate

Praying it's never too late

Ripping away the security blanket

Praying that she can still make it


Change is here

With it a torrent of fear

A violent execution

With no sense of retribution


Time and money go out the door

As she strives for something so much more

Their love will hold

Even if her decision is so bold


As they vowed their love that no one could take

and ate their cake

She could have never guessed 

That she would be coninually blessed


With the love and support of her partner

Who is the true martyr

He helps her now

As if pushing a plow


Making way for her success

He isn't like the rest

By the end he knows she'll have it

Embodying a true maverick


He holds her now as she struggles with fear

Reminding her that the goal is near

Eventually they will be a family of three

But first he supports her in getting that degree


This poem is about: 



Many changes have come this last year. Marriage being top, then deciding to quit my full-time job with benefits to go back to school full time. As a young woman and newly married you may understand the pressures of starting a family. The shock on the faces of family when instead of "We're planning to start a family" are not the words out of our mouths but instead "She is quitting her job to go back to school", you could only imagine. With out my husband's support, who I might add already has his degree, I wouldn't have much support at all. I am not "too" old, but will admit that many my age already have their Bacholor's and some even their Master's. This poem is in part a tribute to my husband and also an ode to myself, for making such a drastic change from the woman I was a year ago. 

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."

-George S. Patton

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."

-Rabindranath Tagore

"There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

-Nelson Mandela

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