The air we breathe is different today,
and we inhale more deeply
with the energy of our youth.
The tears we cry today are not
solely tears of loss and sorrow,
but also of promise and hope.
The wine that we drink today
will be the same as before, but
now sweeter on the tongue.
The sleep that we sleep tonight
will be deep, nightmares banished,
dreaming of a brighter future.
The songs that we sing today
we have sung a thousand times
but on this day the words have meaning.