No Comparing

There’s no comparing, of course, 

because last year, and the two before that, were different.

Different voices ringing up and down the hall, 

different RA setting up meetings, planning events.

Different classes, different professors,

different roommates, different rooms, 

so many things are so very different, every year. 

But I look at eleven new faces on this dorm floor, 

and a different RA speaking kind, gentle, in the room two doors down, 

and a class schedule I’ve never lived before, 

and new days

and new assignments

and new decisions, 

I can’t help but be excited 

because new might not be better, 

and different really cannot be compared

but I’m looking forward to it

just the same.

~Natalia 

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