“So who’s our sub? “
“Got me. Some professor from—“
Tom stopped talking when a man in a well-tailored suit walked into the classroom.
“Greetings and salutations, students of higher learning.” The man said. “I am—“
He turned and wrote on the board as he spoke—
“Professor Edward James Pettigrew, PhD, Esquire. “
He turned to the class. “Today we shall expand the gray matter that are your brains by discussing—that is, expressing your ideas—about poetry forms.
“Some of these can be lengthy, in that they have many words, and some of them can be contrite, in which they have less. There are many formations of poetry—some that count syllabics, that is, how many beats in a sentence as in music—and some count words, or the pieces of verbalism in which we speak… “
Tom jerked his head up when John smacked him in the shoulder with his elbow.
“Dude, wake up! Class is over! “
Tom blinked. “Huh? Oh, yeah….”
He grabbed his backpack and followed John out the door into the hall.
“Man, that dude talked a lot. I didn’t understand most of what he said.” John moaned. “You’re lucky you slept through most of it. “
Tom rubbed his eye. “Most surely. The professor—that is, the man who was teaching us—had such long-winded verbality that the lids above my eyes couldn’t help but want to shut themselves! “
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