Rondeau (3rd place): "Curriculum"
The third-place finisher in Comment's poetry contest; the 2009 form was: rondeau.
Examine life. Forget the grade
forget the promises you've made
to study useful things, and hear
the distant voices, whispered clear
a moment now, before they fade.
There's time, later, to learn a trade.
Be like those wanderers who strayed
away from roads others revere:
And listen to the serenade
that other, wiser heads forbade:
seek out the unexplored frontier
before the time can disappear
then, looking back, now unafraid