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—
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And bring you into every new year with me.
Isabel Townsend is a former Duke student.