POEM: Matthew Loh – “And So the Road Splits Once More…”
And so the moment has come
When we’ll count down each day
Each hour, each minute
Before we all must away.
That long, winding path
That each of us walk:
It turned to sever us
From the rest of the flock.
And that’s how we met! Along this fateful crossroad.
Look at the friendships we’ve forged
And the bonds that followed!
So before you go
Why not stay awhile?
Come remember with me
Before you start that next mile.
Remember the moment
When you first got to this place?
Out there freezing on the station
With snow blowing in your face.
Adventure was out there!
You wondered who you would meet.
As you grabbed your fika and pizza
And soon found a seat.
People from everywhere!
It was a global occasion.
Germans, English, and Belgians
And even the odd Asian.
Oh, and remember the snow?
It actually turns into ice.
You’ve slipped and you’ve fallen
Once, twice, and now thrice.
And now it’s time to party!
It’s time to start balling.
But what on earth are these prices?
You felt your bank balance falling.
You worked at Kåren for a bit.
You sliced bread and served beer,
Praying they wouldn’t ask you
To man the cashier.
Winter soon passed
And along came fair Spring.
We opened our windows
And watched the temperature swing…
Back to the cold! Get me my sweater!
Now it’s 25 degrees!
What’s up with this weather?
Barbecues and bike rides
Parties and discos
We’ve been through a lot together
Especially annoying mosquitoes.
And as the days rolled by
You start to realise
That this crossroad must end
You’ll have to say your goodbyes.
And now we’re finally here.
It’s time to bid you adieu.
You don’t want to leave
But everyone’s leaving you.
It’s sad and it hurts
And there isn’t really a cure.
Yet every conclusion’s an opportunity:
It opens a brand new door.
We’ll see each other again
Of this I am sure
Though we’ll be worlds apart
Our friendship will endure.
And the memories we’ve built
The laughter we’ve shared
They’ll last for eternity
So hey, don’t be scared.
Now let’s see that smile!
Wipe those tears away, friend
Because this is just the beginning.
It won’t be the end.
Writer: Matthew Loh
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