Poem: “University Fees”

University Fees

The learned men came to see
What could be done about that tree
Stout and strong and big and tall,
Faith inside that garden’s wall.

Machines and steel their only hope
Sturdy chains and heavy rope,
Wrap around that solid tree
And yanked it for a student’s fee…

One lone seed is lost behind
In sifted soil so rich it shines
Faith and hope and charity
Can grow into a greater tree.

Michele Marie

Michele Marie is a poet and creative writer from Illinois.
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