Haiku for my departed Freshmen…

Silence fills the room
Desks presently occupied
by memories alone.

Somewhere their laughter
their shouts, footsteps, energy
bursting with summer

Somewhere their chatter
their smiles, silliness, childhood
shared in the sunlight

Somewhere their friendships
their hopes, fears, dreams and mischief
grow for a season

The room, still silent
whispers my freshmen to me
As I close the door.

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