I don't know if I ever really knew you, But I did make sure to try out pretending.
I pretended I saw you, knew you, loved you. But I was pretending.
I pretended I understood your righteous anger, about anything and everything. I pretended I understood your passion, about anything and everything. I didn't understand.
I didn't understand, at first. But I'm learning.
I did a lot of pretending these past few years. But I promise it was all true. I only pretended to be who I hoped to be. I only pretended to be you. The thing is, I am really bad at pretending. And so, I accidentally shared myself with you.
I accidentally began to see, and know, and love you. I accidentally became very invested in your anger and in your passion. I accidentally let saying goodbye be hard.
To the Class of 2018: You're going to do great things, and maybe I will too. Whether you were only pretending or not, Whether this goodbye is hard or not, Know that you changed at least one world this year, And that that one world is eternally grateful.
Guess what?? I graduate from high school tomorrow! In honor of this occasion, I've written this poem. Tell me what you think in the comments!