RASloan has summed this poem up beautifully, vertually leaving me nothing to add except I really appreciated reading the work, and of the characters so well portrayed. Congratulations, but one thing more, --- the author comes across as someone I'd be rapt to have as a friend. Yassah! Ted.
I think it's good and juicy on the accounts of life and the things that await us in future endeavors and to always be optimistic, hoping for the best.
The situation with the ex girlfriend (Or the person who was of an interest at that specific time.) is what gives the subject so more appeal, which describes the turntables of life after an experience such as high school and how you see people related to you through friendship grow throughout the years.
The main character it points to, you I'm assuming
seems so ready to take on the thrills of life, revolving around what is ahead to come.
The second to last part in particular.
"We talked and he wanted my address
to mail an invitation
to his wedding in two weeks."
I also like it the way it is a story and what you have done with the form to bring out the story, making it a sharp glimpse of reality.
If it didn't have the 3,4,5 line setup to be honest in my opinion it would have been uneven in form so I like the setup you used.
What makes it controversial you put a keen shimmering spot on the character making a reference to a dislike of race or something that deals with it, that also stood out to me which in fact I find it another "glimpse" of the real world and these feelings that ppl have about something such as race play a role in daily life, even in schools.
There's this reflection side to it as of you looking back with the awareness of how you have grown as a person and individual with lines like:
"When I was in high school,
I had a small circle of friends;"
"I had my first kiss" "I went on my first date."
And so on.
It's a wrapped with several things that can be looked at as themes like, nostalgia, friendship, etc.
Well put together for a story that was straight to the point of you wanting the reader to see a situation of life after high school that is common
with reflection of it.