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POETRY 2 CLASS
Ice-cream Boys

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Ice-cream Boys
 
you find them at stations
running by the coaches,
for stops are brief
and the train long,
too few buy.
 
they yawn
 
against the afternoon sun.
 
yet they trudge and down
on thin muddy legs
beside cach hot coach
hoping
and this engaging
from hope.
they have learned
profits are
as accidental as
people's tastes.
 
poverty wears a torn shirt.
how many cones must i buy
to quenches the thirst
and their eyes ?