Here and Now

by Aidan Chivers


A mayfly, dancing through her only spring,

         Explores her meadow, bathing in the light

Of sunbeams passing through her dappled wing

         Which flutters on her maiden, carefree flight.

Some fleeting words float through the dying breeze – 

         She flutters close, and hears a young man speak:

Attracted by his charm, his shape, his ease,

         She comes to rest upon his downy cheek.

He, lying back and smirking, self-assured,

         Looks not beyond the edges of the glade – 

To crosses taken up, to toil endured,

         And all that lies in Time’s undying shade:

A heartbeat in the depths of space, he sneers

At dawns and sunsets through the rolling years.

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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