In Memoriam

It came somewhat as a surprise.
She was seventy-six, but he thought
she was younger than her age.
It was a stroke, compounded by asthma.
Her students would probably remember her.
But in a matter of months,
would they?
Teachers consist of a few seconds of their lives.
Then they – the mentored – would move on,
having dipped their drinking cup
in the river Lethe.
She had probably cynicism enough
to forsee all this:
The academe, where she spent her whole life,
wouldn’t matter at all.

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