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Philosophy 101

Blind Professor Hatch set the class
on edge each time he smoked.
Waving a lit match just under
his eye, he expertly applied
the flame to the tip.
After a strenuous test,
ten frat boys turned their backs
and dropped trou, mooning
the philosopher as he explained
Plato's cave, that the net of shadows
seen by the chained prisoners
is the closest to reality they'd ever get.

John Skoyles

Inside Job
Carnegie Mellon University Press

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