The Professor’s Lesson

Published in Cornell University’s Ink Magazine, Spring 2012 Issue

Two students,
in the astronomy lecture hall.

He gazes at the slides of stars,
his elbows bent on his armrest so that
his palm props up his stubbled chin.

Her gaze shifts, a secret, from
the powerpoint’s stars to his–
blue eyes aglow behind their rounded glasses;
then, fleeting, back to the professor’s slide,
the blazing sun of her reddened cheeks.

Fidgeting, she scribbles in her notebook,
glances back at him,
but still he stares straight ahead,
starry eyes ablaze–
but not for her.