–a found poem

Dear friends and colleagues:
I retired after a lifetime teaching at the University.
Are there any available rights or privileges for retirees?
Use of an office? Library? Parking? Computer?

I have been served notice to turn in my keys on January 6.
Moving books and papers out of my office
with such short notice seems mean-spirited to me.

Dear professor:
The University, in recognition of substantial and sustained
contributions to academic disciplines and to the University,
may grant the title “Emeritus” to persons meeting

the qualifications set forth in the policy.
Conferring of Emeritus is not automatic upon retirement
and may be conferred only upon approval

through the process described in the policy.
The Emeritus understands that there is no renumeration
received by the holder of the title.