Exodos, Prologos to the Class of 2018 In times uncertain, ask your truest friends For counsel, and take all they say to heart— But know that we are bound for different ends, And none but you can learn and play your part. Some friend may say, “To thine own self be true,” But “thine own self” is not a thing of stone. And who can say what time will do to you? Reflect, and you will see how you have grown And changed, from year to year and day to day, In ways, perhaps, that only you can see; We’ve gathered here to send you on your way, And only you can say what that will be. Be hungry for whatever lies in store, And make it greater than what came before. Apology to an Old Friend I swore I’d keep in touch with you— I crossed my heart and hoped to die. I meant it, so it was no lie, But as you know, it wasn’t true. Benjamin Daniel Lukey was born in 1986. He has lived all over the Eastern United States and currently resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. He teaches high school English classes whenever he is not fishing or writing poetry. His work has previously appeared in Edify Fiction and The Mystic Blue Review.