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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tonight's Poet Corner: Sonnet Solstice #290

Strabismus
by Belinda Roddie

Strabismus plagued the professor's left eye
and made it settle on a different scene
than she saw from her right eye. She would try
to joke about it, but the jokes were mean
and so self-deprecating. I believed
that she was beautiful, no matter what,
and so I left her flowers in between
my classes, my heart dropping to my gut
at the thought of how she would then react
to my gifts. Yes, I loved her, lazy eye
and all, her gaze slightly crossed like a pact
between two star-crossed lovers who would die
for one another. I was lovesick, true,
but what else can a nerdy student do?

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