Faculty Meeting

The hissing of old radiators
warms the horrid silence.
Someone has inadvertently
told the truth
in this overheated room.
Ancient chalkdust
gives the air a stale glow
and everyone looks down
as if praying.

Very sorry, I didn't
mean it, blurts the Professor.
Everyone breathes
more freely.  On the snow
outside, long winter shadows
deepen and reach
toward the horizon.
I withdraw the remark,
he says, let us move on
to New Business.

David Graham

David Graham ( has been known to read on the job. His website is

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