2022 Graduation Poem

On May 16, 2022, Normandale’s commencement ceremony was held at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. President Joyce Ester traditionally begins the ceremony by reading a poem. This year’s poem was written by AFA in Creative Writing student Lisa Brodsky.

Lisa Brodsky

Find Your Fire


Find your Fire

            By Lisa Brodsky

When your dream

was just a spark

it seemed lightyears

away, but objects in

the rearview mirror

are often closer

than they appear.

At times, it may

have felt like an uphill

climb over a

trail of hot coals.

But the path

is now smoldering

and you have

reached the other side.

There are those

who fear fire

and there are those

who become it.

This is not farewell,

for you have only

fanned the flames.

Blaze a new trail!

Fuel your passion!

The world is waiting

for you

to set it on fire.