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by Jeffrey Ross
Parody Poet

With Special thanks to William Blake, Real Poet

College College shining bright
On your website late at night
Does your email work at all?
Will the help desk hear my call?

From what distant conference
Flamed the branded Name that cries?
Burning letterhead & laptop
In each professor’s eyes?

& what consultant, at what price
Could roll strategic plans like dice?
Then– once a year or two has passed
Plot success on slide show charts?

What the mission? What the goal?
Sustaining hopes to beat like chaff?
Where’s the learning? & what dread task
Confronts the numbed advising staff?

When Accreditation howled through town
& chastised feedback-looped careers
Did they conduct their work for free?
Does he who claws the school love HLC?

College College shining bright
On your website late at night
Does your email work at all?
Will the help desk hear my call?

2012

Jeffrey Ross is an author of the new community college satire The Philip Dolly Affair. You can follow his work at Facebook.