For the meek and the frail and the absent,
Remembrance in procession, unushered by care,
March proudly and loudly through a two-day event.
Lupine in blossom and loco weed, too,
Herald the august unheralded few
Who seeded a world that courted them too
And did all that they weren't too busy to do.
Listen now, children, for the sake of your sanity
And if you learn nothing else, learn this:
"In vain," the preacher cried, "all is but vanity!"
But at least at reunion, the vanity's earnest.
ALUMNUS, n. An itinerant merchant specializing in the exchange of admiration for a bad example.
(Photos: Old red truck for Jim, and an Inyo Black Toad, the mascot of Deep Springs College.)