Tuesday, May 20, 2014


There is this to say
About living in a college town
Holidays are quiet
As are summers

In fall and spring
The town teems with youth
Come from afar and staying near
Gathering together in the thousands
With predictable results

Where town and gown
Are not so separate
The gown seems to cloak the town
And it seems to me
It needs to be better laundered

But commencement has commenced
And passed
And those who took part in it
And those who seek to do so
Have for the most part gone away
The gown hung once again
On the back of the office door
Or in the garment bag at the back of the closet
And the town is unencumbered once again

Those who remain
Have quiet to pair with the burgeoning summer heat

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