Dean of Students Comma

Dean of Students, Coffee Drinker.

Dean of Students, Talker.

Dean of Students, Swarthmore Resident.

Dean of Students, Lover of Adirondack Chairs.

Dean of Students, White Woman.

Dean of Students, Poet?

Dean of Students, Thoughtful Story Teller.

 

Dean Not By The Students.

                                                        My mother called me the other day.

Dean Definitely Not For The Students.

                                                       She said she had a dream.

Dean of Students, Silencer.

                                                       I was screaming in her dream.

Dean of Students,The Disbelieving.

                                                        I was crying in her dream.

Dean of Students, Aid and Abetter.

                                                       I told my mother I was safe,

Dean of Students, Victimizer.

                                                       Because we both know

Dean of Students, Pillager of Bodies.

                                                       She can’t protect me here.

Dean of Students, Crusher of Spirits.

                                                       Who protects me here then?

Dean of Students, Destroyer of Autonomy.

                                                       Who keeps violence a shadow?

Dean of Students, Champion of Privacy.

                                                       Who won’t let it overtake me?

Dean of Students, Lover of Abusers.

                                                       Who keeps me safe?

Dean of Students, Frat Boi?

                                                       Not the predators with special houses.

Dean of Students, Habitant of Parrish Porch.

                                                       Not the bourgeoisie people in power,

Dean of Students, Admirer of the Fields.

                                                      Who think they’re down with the struggle,

Dean of Students, Luxuriates.

                                                      Not the big fat endowment that refuses to be touched,

Dean of Students, Advisor to SGO.

                                                      Not the baby endowment from defunded clubs of days past,

Dean of Students, Political Nonactor.

                                                      Not systems,

Dean of Students, Downfall of Discontent.

                                                      Who?

Dean of Students, Giver of Empty Smiles.

                                                      Who?

Dean of Students, Taker of Happiness.

                                                      Who is looking out for me?

Dean of Students, Mennonite?

                                                      Reclaimers.

Dean of Students, Academic.

                                                      Fighters.

Dean of Students, Liberal Artist.

                                                      Givers.

Dean of Students, Doctor.

                                                      Survivors.

Dean of Students, Makes Me Sick.

                                                      I have no power.

Dean of Students, Mother.

                                                      I have little experience.

Dean of Students, Child.

                                                      And I don’t have much of a story.

Dean of Students, Punctuated by People of Color.

                                                     But they’re looking out for me.

Dean of Students, Plantation Master?

                                                     I’ll try to look out for them.

Dean of Students, Thoughtful Story Teller.


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