‘The Tree in Third Quad’

Poetry and Photography by Christopher Hill

I wonder about the tree in third quad.
I wonder how many students have seen it grow.

How many fresh-from-school students.
How many just-back-from-Chequers students.
How many off-to-first-lecture students.
How many starting-to-miss-home students.

How many new-term-new-me students.
How many just-five-more-minutes students.
How many rushing-off-to-lecture students.
How many swatting-for-next-collections students.

How many croquet-playing students.
How many picnicking-with-friends students.
How many exams-around-the-corner students.
How many where-did-all-the-time-go students.

I wonder about that tree in third quad.
I wonder how many students it has seen grow.

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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