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I wrote this one
"The Walls of Perkins Hall" to my grandaughter, Amy, who was entering
her freshman year of college. If you can imagine living with a roommate
after all the years of having your on room and space, you can imagine
the difficulties and yet,..in the end..they became the best of friends.
What if the walls of Perkins Hall
Could talk of what they hear
And could record the conversations
Of what happens every year
Would the conversations be alike
The words and verbs of talk
Even though some years have passed
For those, who down these halls have walked
Let’s listen to the walls once more
As they have recorded ‘oer the years
What the ladies who have lived there
Have said of other "dears"
"She stole my soap", and "used my towel"
"And trashes everything she owns"
"And borrowed my brassiere"! ,
"Although she called it "just a loan"
"She’s barely in by curfew"
"And hogs the telephone all night"
"She even snores within her bed"
"And loves to pick a fight"
"Gobs of gook, adorn her face"
"You can see the grease upon the sheets
"And on the door and window too"
"This is a nightly, full repeat"
"I think she reads my letters"
"And talks endlessly of boys"
" And says the same old thing each time"
"That really….. me annoys"
"I didn’t choose her as a room-mate"
"They picked for me, a brat"
"But looking at it all in all"
"She’s not so bad, as that"
"I’ve grown to like my room-mate"
"We are a lot alike in ways"
"She is weird, but really funny"
"And picks up most my day"
"I like her ‘cause she keeps her word"
"And helps me get through school"
"I think my grades are better"
"Cause my room-mate sets the rules"
Whoever thought in Perkins Hall
Two people not alike
Would really get along so well,
Though first, we seemed to fight.
Oh, if the walls of Perkins Hall
Could talk of all those years
Would these have been the comments
That filled each students ears?
I think the answer here is YES!
For living with each other
Is not the same as living home
With parents, sister, brother
And years from now, when others come
And live among these walls
They’ll come to find that others
Have endured their time at Perkins Hall
So get along and have a year
Of fun and love and rest
And please watch over our dear, Amy
Cause, she does deserve the best.