Colleagues in Time


Colleagues in Time

I left; you arrived

         I waved goodbye as you said hello

         yet we are colleagues in time.


I know you by the tracks

         you leave in the academic sand,

         you know me by initials carved in the old oak desk.


The stream of eager students

         that flow by you is from

         the same spring as the stream of my time.


When I came we were orphans

         and our name changed

         from foster home to foster home.


First we were the Department of

         Agriculture Education and

          then in loud denial we became

The Department of Non- Agriculture Education


This new name got us a department chair

         who was Chemistry professor and dean.

Kindness and scientific expertness not enough.

Then a Psychologist as chair

         and a friend from a related field

         who said go forth and do your thing.








A just for fun old man poem.