Hazel at Best

four weeks: iced mocha
 from his teacher’s salary
 to my starving morn
 one more disruption
 to make my students argue
 (entitlements rule)
 his blue-eyed gesture
 almost makes the sacrifice
 worth the sinking sun
 he knows and i know
 that he can’t buy my return;
 best or not–i’m gone
 no blue eyes at home
 (from my man or anyone)
 on my girls’ faces
 nor a mocha bribe
 for the heart-winning teacher.
 cynic? true. best? yes.
 no film, court judges,
 observers, department heads
 are worth this money
 ’cause money can’t buy
 another summer soon lost
 in a blue-eyed search


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