A Happy Graduation Card, a Haiku*, and Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech

To all 2021 high school graduates:

College is the start.

Before you know it, you’ll be

Twenty-one years old.



Correct year that you can vote?

So much power then!


Reading and writing

Can grow/harness that power.

The world needs your thoughts!


We need to hear you.

What happens when we listen?

More kindness, saving lives?


Happy Graduation!

I send congrats in haiku

Grow now, change our world.

–Debbie Merion


A helpful and inspiring commencement speech from author Neil Gaiman:

*Read more about haiku in my writing mentor Natalie Goldberg’s new book:  Three Simple Lines. (Natalie also mentions me in this book.)

Read Debbie Merion’s new memoir: From the Period. To the Colon: Memoir of a Child Writer