A celebration of my Streatham Campus life, in haiku by David Smith

A celebration of my Streatham Campus life, in haiku by David Smith


(BA Geography, now employed as a Business Intelligence Officer by the University)


I first arrived on campus for an undergraduate open day in February 1984. I can’t really remember any of my thousands of subsequent visits that haven’t included a sense of elation and privilege at coming into this wonderful place.

As I’ve now celebrated 30 years’ association with Streatham, I’m aware of how much we have in common with those first staff and students whose 60th anniversary we’re celebrating this year, as well as how much has changed.

In my piece, I’ve tried to express the joy that familiar campus artifacts or events inspire in me daily. But also the sadness when links to the University’s past, my past, are lost, as Campus necessarily adapts to today’s challenges and opportunities

As an analyst, my job is to reduce masses of information into small, intelligible chunks. So it seemed appropriate to distill my three Streatham decades using an English form of Haiku, the Twitter of the poetry word. I love the discipline of condensing meaning into three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. With apologies to any lovers of ‘proper’ Haiku, I’ve only nodded in the direction of their seasonal theme, in that each tells of the passing of time here. But I have tried to include the ‘aha’ in most, a moment of shared understanding between author and audience.

That was challenging, as they require you to know the sometimes obscure things I’m referring to, so I hope you’ll forgive my inclusion of some images, and a few explanatory comments.


Reproduced by kind permission of David Smith
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