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The Professor


by Miranda Merklein


I grade to teach and serve my grading cold.
I speak my mind where they cannot hear.
I work by going where I'm told to go.

We learn by groveling. Students file in rows.
My rolling office tears from wheel to wheel.
I grade to teach and serve my grading cold.

Of colleagues beside me, who's paid their dues?
Bless government assistance. Qualify
And work by going where you're told to go.

Chairs cut our classes but do not say why.
The lowly adjunct drives from school to school.
I grade to teach and serve my grading cold.

Great #Badmin has another plan in store
For you and me, so sign your contracts now,
And, Doctor, keep going where you're told to go.

This caffeine keeps me ticking. To rest? No.
What falls apart is always. My "career."
I grade to teach and serve my grading cold.
I work by going where I'm told to go.



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