While mingling at the open mic event,
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I met a student, charming and well-meant,
who told me she had come since she’d been sent
by her professor as an assignment.
“Are you an English major then?” I asked.
“Oh, no,” she said, “it’s social sciences.”
A bit surprised, I asked why she’d been tasked
to form such poetic alliances.
“New to the area, I thought it wise
to go to listed readings where I’d find
a local subculture to scrutinize,”
which was the project that she’d been assigned.
"And here, all along, I had been thinking
we were the culture," ... guess we've been sinking.
The quickest way for me to learn something new is to first understand why I'd like to learn it.