This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "secret allies" square in my 7-16-16 card
for the hc_bingo
fest. It was inspired by the "Policing with Velvet Gloves
" article. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink
thread of the Polychrome Heroics
series, and directly follows "Show a Genuine Concern
" so make sure to read that one first.
Warning: This poem contains some sensitive subjects. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes emotional angst, reference to past debates over city planning, an extremely hidebound academic advisor, intense academic stress, bureaucratic bullshit, and other challenges. However, it ends with plans for positive changes to Kyle's major, so the overall effect is upbeat.
Readers with past or present academic conflicts may find this poem unsettling. This is the middle of three poems about Kyle, so skipping it would leave a gap. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.( Read more... )