DPF / Bishop

For our town’s seniors, graduating tonight, and suddenly someone may look around and realize maps exist which hold more than we can see from the classroom windows so, go have adventures, but remember to come home, from The Complete Poems: 1927-1979.

from The Map / by Elizabeth Bishop

Are they assigned, or can the countries pick their colors?
–What suits the character or the native waters best.
Topography displays no favorites; North’s as near as West.
More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors.

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