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After the graduation of my partner, Inge Schlaile MA (organisational psychology).
It was January and there was a butterfly in the hall.

The Butterfly at the Graduation

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Apr 2014

Ranks of vividly striped dark gowns
With Tudor statesmen's hats
Stare out from closed faces

At their students, and their families,
And their grumbling children,
Amid displays of flowers.

While fluttering stock phrases
Flit around our bare heads,
Honouring facilitators of thought,

Sudden colours of wings too swift
For light to catch
Mock mid winter.