Photo taken by Maddie Annis ’23

How will I ever know You
You are everything to me
I feel You in a sweet embrace
In the piercing autumn breeze

How will I ever understand You
So worthy, so grand
Yet You came as a babe to save
And even now stretch out Your hand

How will I ever know enough to love You
As well as You love me
I’m caught up in the infinite
In all Your intricacies

How will I ever be enough
How could I ever
I fail each day and more
Beat down by the wind and weather

How can it be that You see me
Know me and lavish me with Your love
And You don’t worry if I can
For all that I am comes from above

Written by Anna Leedy ’22

Sitting in the Rubble, a Poem by Inez Tan ’12

Sitting in the Rubble
by Inez Tan

Still, outwardly,
I go to work, I cook my meals,
I do my laundry, as though
my life consisted of acts like these.
Six of my friends lose a child,
three get into car accidents,
two survive shootings,
and only one says,
“It’s not a competition,” meaning
we shouldn’t believe we have to win
as if only the winner gets to grieve
while the rest of us bleed empathy.
Through it all, I think of you.
Every day, I miss you.
Happy are the brokenhearted,
for they do not condemn
what they have come to understand.

Originally published in Zocalo Public Square, May 8, 2020.

Written by Inez Tan ’12, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Williams Telos