by Tom Davy

The ceiling splays a fresco for the crowds.

The round Sheldonian, Truth lies on high

And falls like words of Latin from the clouds

Whose black betrays the turquoise of their sky.

Time is not ours. So every stroke of brush

That paints the ring paints every second too;

We find ourselves entwined in circled hush,

Not seeing for ourselves the deeper blue:

Designs design our days. Drawing lines

On paper’s pulse could he have known his role?

Now through a lens the daylight here confines

To Wren, and in the wood lies his scroll.

A pantry in the mind with life stacked tall

Holds shelves off which our mind’s designs will fall.

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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