At the end of each term the parting words used to be see you in Shanghai, see you in Singapore
These grad school mates would then fly off
to each of their home country.

Comprehensive exams,
Papers presented at conferences,
transcripts sealed and other documents released
A wedding, a divorce and one got engaged.

Tea and coffee, wine and liquor
Travel is prominent CV decor
Jobs, events, success they savor

On the first meet up after five years
Talk centered on research
That and a few milestones emerged:

The married are now chasing their kids
The divorced is dating again
The engaged looks in love to bits.

In the absence of the usual Marlboro
The air was clean in Agalico
But Screwdriver and Margarita
Are still occasional companions as Pina Colada

Goodbyes are no longer illustrated by see you in Tokyo
As was the dependent variable in Bangkok U
Must be the Bloody Mary, or the Pomegranate Martini

“See you on Facebook”
on Facebook….
Surely what has been cooking
Must be already cooked.

Still traipsing chili patches
Blame it then on Tequila Sunrise
or just despise the supplies

Clear the Purple Haze
And when they have a face
They just might ace the race.

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