The Other Side - A Poem For My Friends

It's literary time - here's a poem I wrote after my friends' visit earlier this year.


We went
From proving theorems
To proving life

As we explored
The modern edifices
We forget about the scruffy past
What remains is
Our fondness for each other

It doesn’t matter if
XX years had passed 
Whenever we meet again
It is still the same
She still teases him of his nose
Or his scary laughter
And he teases her of her mumps
Or her unruly hair

We still eat with much gusto
Albeit now it’s done in a more decent restaurant
Rather than the shabby university cafeteria
We still jump too high
Even if at the back of our minds
We now worry about our
High cholesterol
High blood sugar
High risk of cardio attack

We had fun for three days or so
And now in the aftermath
There is quietness
That wants to be filled
The most energetic of laughters

Let’s not wait
for another thousand years
Because then
We won't be able to jump
Nor eat
Nor laugh
And our memories
Will eventually betray us

But hopefully not
Our friendship.

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