for Ben, Class of 2013, Bennington College, Vermont
You jumped from the third row,
clicked your heels
sideways — circus pro —
then sallied to the white-draped table
piled high with diplomas.
How like that first kick
from your small foot in the womb,
how like your first pluck
of the E string on upright bass.
Leaping with glee! everyone’s favorite
dance in mistletoe ballets.
Nephew, may you go springing
with ease, for decades. May you land
surely. May you love freely
as a hundred Vermonts
launching a thousand greens.