by Rory Turnbull

How to begin? How do we make a start?
With all those expectations driving me
To take my turn and try to play my part
In writing something, somehow, easily,
I do not know; I know not what to write,
Since I’m ungifted, and in rhyme untaught.
‘Fain would I, but I dare not.’ Walter’s right:
I dare not try, for fear of falling short.
And yet, although I won’t expect your praise,
It still is fun to have a go and think.
Indulge me then, and let me say the phrase:
‘Behold, some unimportant thoughts in ink’.
For, then, a celebration you will see
Of that great gift of thought, of poetry.


The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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