For the Class of 2020
For the Class of 2020, Allen Ginsberg's Class Poem from his 1943 high school yearbook.
We leave the youthful pennants and the books, Discard little compasses and rules; We open up our eyes, and test our souls, Prepare ourselves to wield more mighty tools. Abandon dusty tales of history, Of good King Arthur’s Knights and Kubla Khan. A living tumult in the struggle of man. For these are giant times, and history Is fashioned as the minutes burn away. Buildings of old beliefs are being bombed. And rotted walls are crumbling down today. Ready are we to meet the challenge hurled: To battle, conquer and rebuild the world.