From the collection Catch Up With Summer, published summer 2015.
I’m working away here in the library and coincidentally
serving as a real live model of
someone studying at the very same time.
The campus tours passing through. That’s my audience.
The high-schoolers look right past me and out the window at the athletic fields.
They do not worry much about studying.
Their parents do.
I don’t go to school here
In fact I don’t go to school at all yet I’m fitting right in.
I’m plenty old enough to be a faculty member
maybe one near retirement but I’m not dressed right.
No one will make the mistake of thinking me some old scholar
I’d be working in my faculty office not the library
though I do have on my reading glasses.
I’m enjoying my very minor role
unidentifiable as it is. Being impossible to classify is in fact my
I may say. As proof,
you still don’t know
why I’m here in the library at all, do you?