On Returning to a Poem Written Several Years Ago

by Joe Lever

I find the words in some way different now
To how I left them – changed, as if one night
A room once known had been rewrought somehow,
Familiar but altered. No, not quite:

Home stayed as it was left – and I had changed
By increments and instants, now estranged
From words I know but do not feel are mine,
Some order of which I’m no longer part.
Unnerved, I put a little time apart
To reacquaint myself with every line.

Poems are prisms passing thoughts as light,
Refracting what they cannot hope to see
Preserved. Still, we pursue them that we might
Glimpse once their fullness ere they cease to be.

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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