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Poem of the Week

A Single Pair of Ears

For now it was a handful—eyes aglaze—
Who sat behind their laptop’s hidden screen
Beating (as far as he knew) jack with queen,
Immune to his incendiary gaze.
For now he could ignore them, like the few
Who didn’t show at all but skulked in bed
Nursing the binger’s pulsatory head
Or fed the fish last midnight’s vindaloo.

In dreams, though, he had seen the coming morn
When students, all, behind their laptop lids
Would shoot down Stukas, shuffle men on grids
Or ogle (brash as magpies!) Swedish porn
While he debated Loman’s fate or Lear’s
Unheeded by a single pair of ears.

— Peter Austin