My student is assigning homework now.

I have to do it.  Guess it’s only right.

Payback.  Call it what you will.

The end result is now I have to do

what he suggests, requests, requires.  And I

will not be graded on a curve or on

some arbitrary scale of A to F.

The grade is just a list of possibilities

and probabilities, an ordered rank.

Do this, you get to add a dozen years.

Do that, subtract a few, subtract them all.

The worm has turned and who’s the student now,

and who’s the expert?  Who now sets the rules,

and which of us is asking for advice?


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