I was so proud of you,
as you stood in your cap and gown.
A college graduate at age 50,
you overcame so much to walk that stage.
each accepted their degrees before you
and seemed to disappear into the crowd.
The class of 2017 commenced what we thought were new lives.
I trusted you,
as I had many times before.
Trained to see beneath the surface,
I looked past the verbal jabs and controlled conversations.
and Strategic Warfare took their seats on the Board of Directors,
proud graduates thinking this is success.
Your accomplishments only made you a more skilled and educated opponent.
Yet in a game of no winners that I now refuse to play.