By JORDAN HAMEL
24 years old
University of Otago

Those few moments
Fumbling our way
Through darkness
Emerging
In the ongoing struggle
Between sand and sea
The great isolation
Shared with others.
Who had something to escape.

We should do this more often
We both know we won’t
Time seems less malleable
With our impending departure
5 years after
We first came here
To remind ourselves
Of our own insignificance.

The beer was warm,
We wanted pizza
And the indifference of nature
Isn’t infinitely gratifying.
With one last glance
At the subtle blue violence.
Suddenly wary of the
Impending steep hike
Back to the car.
Another harsh reminder
Of how unfit I am.

This poem is part of the TEARAWAY Young Poets feature for National Poetry Day.

The Common Room

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