palŠologist

 

But there are no learned journals,

nor any readers in paradise!

V.N.

 

what is this mask upon which I scheme

the lifetime of any career

maximizing my endeavors to establish any time

as valuable or of equal worth and interest

among artifacts that are curious or quaint to the general run of things

Mr. & Mrs. Thing who runs the office (latterly)

and is the office (formerly)

that is the whole conundrum

I put it to you members of the academic board

especially the ones who are sleeping

the final exams and test papers of a lifetime blah blah blah

the light has shifted in the entryway

some explorer opens the way

with a pith helmet and a spelunker’s lamp