Overcoming Goodbye

by Gregory Davison

Nothing gets my tears to start flowing
Like people saying goodbye,
In film, on TV, in the books that I read,
No matter how often, how cheesily it’s done.
There’s something about separation
A distance, not easily overcome,
But with time, and with memory
I think it can be done.

I once made a joke with a friend
That I would cry in every college in Oxford
Before the year ends.
So now, when those tears come forth
As I always say they should,
I can have a laugh to myself and think
I’ve missed a chance to cross another
College off the list.

And in that laugh I’ve brought a friend
To Oxford with me.
And then I’ve overcome a distance
Further than between places.
A distance between people.

I just remember where they are
And when we’ll meet again,
And with that knowledge
Endeavour to make new memories
With new people,
Which in turn,
I can remember. 

In this I think I found
A way to overcome goodbye.

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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