Michael Philips


Dartmouth Alumni Survey

Poem by Michael Philips

The 25-year reunion survey
asks where my summer
home is located

Where.
Not if.

Maybe if I’d chosen
a different career
like the Asian students

Regrets are like sentinels,
always there even
when you turn your back, even
when you say they’re not there,
They are like plaque,
steadily constricting the flow.
They are dead weight upon your back,
and this is the last straw.


Comments about Dartmouth Alumni Survey by Michael Philips

  • Wanda Swim Strunk (2/12/2006 11:01:00 AM)

    I like the same presumption you have about the asian students as the survey writer had about your status because you are a Dartmouth alum. You did attend Dartmouth not a state college.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 23, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 19, 2005