The Lonely Professor That I Know - Poem by RIC BASTASA

a lonely professor of law
has cracked lips for lack of a kiss
does nobody love him?
no ugly girl in class? no hooker in town?
travel somewhere and pay
love, disregard emotions, and say
what's love got to do with

he is an expert in his field
well admired in fact
respected and
what they do not know
is his state of lifelessness
a new word
for being another lonely stranger
in this unruly crowd

must he find a home? a wife waiting?
kids laughing? a garden of green grass and
a scene of mowing
and replanting flowers
after a cold
far from it
there is no home even
no dog by the door
no cat by the window
there are no cups and saucers
for a coffee moment
with someone else
in a room filled with books
and notes

in such a way that the writing
of a diary is
completely forgotten
or that unfinished poem that
he once started to scribble
no way can he finish it
the theme is love
and he has no more trust on that word
it hurt him so
from the very beginning

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, May 27, 2011

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