The last message you sent to me,
January 1, 2021:
“Happy new year! :)”
You never made it to this one.
I am forever grateful for your kindness,
And I’ll never forget your gentle eyes.
Wishing I’d known you better does nothing now,
So I will hold every small moment we shared—
From seeing you on our hall,
And spring break of freshman year,
To the Wannamaker patio at night—
And bring you into every new year with me.
Isabel Townsend is a former Duke student.
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