Ypsi (most of the time)

by Nancy Nishihira

I can find
a friend of mine
in Ypsi
most of the time

Building community and gathering with
People who want to change the world
Striving for a future with care

I envision the post-pandemic moment
Where we can gather again, together
We'll still recognize each other...

But more than a year has gone by
Will we shake the sadness out of our weary eyes
And take off our masks with a smile?

Speaking of hope...

Is it naïve
That I feel safe here?
Like I can be myself?

Like everywhere else
Exists good and bad
An echo of many college towns

Like many others
We're not from here but
Here we are.

Photo Credit (Yooper Ann)