“The Lesson” by Daniel Tobin

Poetry faculty member Daniel Tobin was recently featured in The Common. Read an excerpt of the poem “The Lesson” below:

The Lesson
Or else swoon to death, the young poet wrote,
though these in the seminar’s steadfast room
appear to want little or none of it,
however coddlingly the professor prods.
They are the poet’s age at death, or almost,
but do not find “relatable” these words
composed by one who knew his passion hopeless—
especially the sleepless Eremite,
belonging to another world and time,
and even his fair love’s ripening breast
conjures only suspect looks, withering stares,
or now and then a tolerating nod.

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