‘The Offset’ (new poem)

I’m not sure if this is done, but I’m not working on it more, so here it is.


There are actually too many cars in this photo, but this is the closest representation I’ve found of how devoid of people campus is right now.

The Offset
By Maggie McGinity

It’s beautiful

I know
It wasn’t meant for this
It’s offset
By this quiet

Buildings, tall and stone-faced
Empty of their citizens
All the learners learning
Elsewhere then

But without the oppressive energies
Of the swarms surrounding me
I revel in its majesty
The campus sans cacophony

As if this week was made for me”


“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.” – Pablo Neruda

“Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All is as if the world did cease to exist. The city’s monuments go unseen, its past unheard, and its culture slowly fading in the dismal sea.” – Nathan Reese Maher


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