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College of Arts and Sciences

Published Poems

At least once a week from January through April, 2022, we’ll share a poem from a University of South Carolina community member. Follow the #UniversePoetry hashtag on Twitter to see poems there, too!

To get us started, our first poem is from Patricia Moore-Pastides, first lady of the University of South Carolina.

There is a place within us all
Where our hearts can feel most deeply
When ignored we lose it underneath
Sharp barnacles layered steeply

But if you wish to feel your life
instead of merely going through it
Quiet your thoughts and pen a poem
Your words will renew your spirit

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