‘Passage to Felicity’

by Rory Turnbull

With charts, once showing routes across the sea,
Rejected now (some lost, some thrown away),
And ships exposed upon the ocean grey,
What should we do in life’s great odyssey,
This parlous passage to felicity?
For, in the swell, the surf, the spiteful spray,
Drowned by the water-flood, I fear we may
Be swallowed up by deep uncertainty.
But see! Look up! To steer the course that’s straight,
And, through the waves, to keep a steady keel,
The stars, though clouded, they can be our guide.
By them let us thus try to navigate.
For, always making for some high ideal,
We, starry-eyed, can hope to ride the tide.

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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