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So Far Away

by Kate Sullivan
| June 10, 2024 4:35 PM

Whitefish Middle School eighth-grader Kate Sullivan wrote a villanelle in Angie Finberg’s English class about her older sister, Annie. The poem is about how going away to college affects those that are left behind.

Annie is a Whitefish High School graduate who swam for Whitefish and the University of Puget Sound in Washington. Annie just graduated with her master's in education and is looking for teaching jobs in the Puget Sound area. 


why do you have to be so far away

doing things we did all the time alone

knowing you will never come back to stay


hoping to see you on your birthday

looking at pictures of us on my phone

why do you have to be so far away


wearing your clothes so your image won’t stray

crying remembering that you are not home

knowing that you will never come back to stay


missing the smiles you gave in the hallway

when you’re gone it hurts like a broken bone

why do you have to be so far away


my planet without you is just so gray

it hurts that your voice is such a sweet tone

knowing you will never come back to stay


it feels like you were here just yesterday

when you leave it feels like a sharp cold stone

why do you have to be so far away

knowing you will never come back to stay