Friday, September 4, 2015



... how this works:
it's more than fifty 
years since I last
"went back to school," 
more than thirty since
I quit a professional 
life in academia; still,
each year, this time 
of year, the dread returns,
the dislocation, the sense 
that I must now leave
home, that soon I'll be 
cut off from everything
familiar, from everything 
I knew and loved; that
once again, this year 
I'll be shoved
mercilessly off
the gangplank into
that dark, roiling ocean
of despair.  Do you, too, 
get this same dread,
at summer's end?   
Are you, like me, still
going "back to school"?

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