Without You by Arlin Buyert

The campus visits started two years ago.
Like a bluebird checking out her nesting sites,
she narrows it down to four.
Finally, “We are pleased to inform you.”
The packing starts in July,
a tearful goodbye hug for Sadie our dog
and we are off.

A “Welcome Home” banner greets us at the campus gate.
Where to park, Dayton Hall,
we carry boxes and suitcases
to her third floor nest.

Parent Tour:  Library, Fine Arts Center, Old Main, Stadium.
Parent Orientation:  Let them adjust…without you.
Parent Lunch: Pasta, salad and tea.

Not hungry, not thirsty.

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