Niceties

by Cassie Birk

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It is with the utmost pleasure
And pride
And sensitivity to different worldviews
That I stand before all of you wonderful
And talented
And honest
People here today.
As I praise
And congratulate
And mock
You, know that I am really praising myself.
The man who stood here before me gave this same speech, but you all are young
And impressionable
And naive.
So as I look upon your smiling
Or vague
Or sleeping faces I’ll stand here and commend you as I am paid to do.
So when you are struggling I say I will deal with it personally
But it’s really my personal that won’t take you seriously.
The things that I say will make you praise me
Because you think I care.
You millennials are the same everywhere.
I’ve said my piece now do your part
Keep me in power and I’ll consider a heart to heart.

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CASSIE BIRK is a Northwest writer at a Midwest school still trying to find her direction. 

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