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THE VALUE OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION

two nights a week
the Marxist teacher
serves dinner to the homeless
who sleep on his beach,
grateful for his daughter,
his home near the ocean,
and the job he loves.
Mondays and Wednesdays
he drives to the University,
lectures on Melville and
dabbles in campus politics.
the student in the
front row envies his life.
his centeredness.

afternoons she sits on
a concrete bench.
he eats a sandwich
and asks about her classes.
the student leans forward,
brushes away a leaf that has fallen
into the teacher's beard,
aware of the energy
radiating into her
fingertips.

she wants to bury her hands
in the stiff hair
allowing his energy to
flow into her extremities,
convinced that his magic
is stronger than
any sorcerer's

that as long as she holds on
to the teacher's beard
wholeness will be
hers.

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