Here is a sonnet written recently by one of my students (age 100), who had to miss three classes this semester and wrote this poem upon his return.

“Returned” by Bill Corcoran

From our writing class I have been absent

For three weeks of a rainy new year.

Recall how dry before: ’twas time well spent;

Future gives hope dryness won’t soon reappear.

For me, those weeks were a bit bothersome.

It was Mohs surgery for basil cell

Cancer near my right ear. While not welcome,

This cancer’s come before; Mohs treats it well.

After surgery was just a nuisance.

Mainly I missed the to-and-fro of those

Meetings, for which, I’ve now impatience,

Those Wednesdays that keep us on our toes.

So when I think of all I might have learned

It’s really great that now I have returned.