“The Kinnan House of 2020”: Poetry by Jermaine J. Marshall ’20

Lawrenceville Houses inspire many wonderful things, including this poem by Jermaine J. Marshall ‘20.
 
From different traditions in Circle houses
Eight young men came together,
And worked, to make this house
Their own.
From Sunday feeds,
Grilling on the green, and playful nights with some tea
Thesemen build relationships that went beyond cheering at sports competitions
And will last beyond the time that they have children
Yet,
Their progress was halted by something that could not be seen.
No more feeds, grilling, video games, or conversations
No more.
Everything that had been created, ceased to exist with the emergence of covid-19.
But that will not define these 8 men,
And the time they spent together.
How will they be remembered? A question that seems to continuously be asked.
Their memory should not be a hypothetical –
What could have been of the spring?
What could have been of the dance everyone looked forward to?
What could have been if they got one more night together, knowing it would be their last?
However,
The legacy of these 8 men
Stands within the relationships,
And memories,
They built.
Thatshow everyone should remember
These 8 men
Not what could have been, but what had been.
The Kinnan House of 2020
 
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