Yesterday I watched my daughter
stand where I once stood
stand before God in His House
to receive His blessing
before walking out into the world
over which she has been given dominion
Two by two they walked out
three and fifty young women, poised and silent and sure
walked with fearsome purpose through the cool stillness
of the cathedral’s solemn air
around the running water of its font,
which flows (O Pison Gihon Hiddekel Euphrates) to north south east west
to replenish the earth–
walked out through the great west doors, through which none but the great may pass
three and fifty conquerors stepping into their inheritance
They have worked for this–
They have earned this–
They accept it. It is their due.
Go forth and shine.
Written on 6th July 2013 and published on A-level results day, with love and admiration for my darling daughter and her fellow leavers.