#358: The Class of 2020 May Not Want to See Your Senior Picture

People keep posting
their senior pictures
in solidarity with
the class of 2020,
as if this will make
young people
whose proms and
graduation ceremonies
were cancelled,
who may or may not
have had their own
senior photos taken,
feel better about
their losses.

I don’t know.
If I was 18,
I might be pissed;
all these old people
rubbing their beautiful
faces in my face.
On the other hand,
I might find it useful
to know that
everyone, pretty much,
looked kind of stupid
in their senior pictures,
especially the boys,
and it would make me
think twice about
how valuable an artifact
the senior picture
might be after all,
and it might become, then,
one more thing I could
let go of, freely, willingly,
among all the other things.

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Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

One thought on “#358: The Class of 2020 May Not Want to See Your Senior Picture

  1. I feel the same. I’ve declined to post mine, because it seems like rubbing their noses in it. I might be wrong, but I’m a little suspicious of people’s motives to see themselves in happier times. Such a cynic.

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