"Ode to a Professor", or Twenty-One


Rose-petal cheeks
Shaded in painter's pink, peach
Myriad metal strands, sleek
Shade-shifting through the heats


Pink in fluorescence,
feeding the strain,
still frenzied,
lost in ecstasy.


Bronzed by candlelight,
Auburn under office light,
Ruddy in the spotlight,
Flag flying white


Flop sweat, penitent,
Spinning on the spot
The bookworm-conqueror
Plummets to his knees


Sunbeams on the yellow hood,
blinding bright
Eyes shielded, shut tight
Against the burning sight

But claiming victory, the field departs.