sirius resting, Hayley Ward

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characterised by dormancy; this resting quiescence
is not what I’d call a superior learning experience
biologically defined as a phase of not growing
you defend your sustainable course suite slowing

inviting us to lie fallow in a state of passivity while
your dividing methodology defines course viability
you will not be able to answer questions at this stage
but your feedback has not traditionally extended to—

rage, rage

against the dying of the lighthouse keeper
and the dulling of Sirius, our brightest star teacher
no longer will we shine twice as bright as Canopus
while our constellations hinge on your resting paralysis.

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Hayley Ward

Hayley Ward is a student in the Master of Creative Writing at Macquarie University.

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