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In the cold shadows of Cabell hall, I sit and pray for sun.I stare up past Homer's statueto the Rotunda up the Lawn.I can see the flag through trees,half-mast, flicks of red and white.And though I'm proud to call it mine,my heart is filled with spite.Lives gone in an instant,more than just too fast.These thoughts chill my bones,as the cold wind breezes past.It's a wind that will hold memories,of our neighbors to the southwest.It will remind us of the shortness of life,and how each day on earth is blessed.And as the sun pierces shadows,and begins to fill my hair,I think of the precious things,that we and Hokies share.Our high school classes,Virginia clay, and the fertile ground itself;school pride, mountains, and the dogwoods that dot Our commonwealth.Their colors orange and maroon,ours are orange and blue,suggest we have our differences, you and I,but are very much like you, too.I think commonwealth is the perfect wordto describe how that we respond.We reach out and hold them close,and keep in unity through Our bond.So forget that they are Hokie stone,and we, Jeffersons red brick.Theres so much more that unites Us,than simply the school we picked.I remember our motto, Sic Semper Tyrannus,So aged and not so appropriate.Perhaps better is We are a Commonwealth, And We shall not forget.

Donald Ward

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Original Source:<a href=http://www.cavalierdaily.com/letters.asp?pid=1583>The Cavalier Daily - April 18, 2007</a>

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Donald Ward

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2007-07-31

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Donald Ward, "Commonwealth," in The April 16 Archive, Item #886, http://www.april16archive.org/items/show/886 (accessed October 30, 2014).