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Periodically in the temporary homes Provided by our mother academies I’ve sat in the shadowed halls, unknown But delighted by quips of Professor Henry. I’ve been occasionally furnished the ivied rung; A Faculty ribbon to fashionably affix! When suitably pinned, clipped or hung I’ve emulated Cantor, Gerardi, or Sharieff. Why I’ve saved these plastic earrings For years in a dresser drawer is a puzzlement. When a frightened child wears the ornament Of a smile after care, that’s life-long learning.