A poem by Laurence Musgrove, whose campus was shut down for the start of the week because of a threat.

April 16, 2008

In cold April here,
the college closed
by graffiti,
I drop new seed
over old sod.

Students at home
and classrooms wait
for the all clear
and capture of some
sad scribbler.

I water the lawn.
The forsythia breathes.
We can only be
as honest as
the truths we know.


Laurence Musgrove is an associate professor of English at Saint Xavier University, in Chicago.


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