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franciscan - May 2000

© Copyright, The Society of Saint Francis, 2000


by James Ashdown


Poverty is an Old Man. Bird-Headed
He trawls the gutter. Flocks for food.
Scatters and gathers. Tattered.
Pick Peck he goes, Pick Peck.
Poverty is an old man.
His grip is a talon. It rips you.
Pick Peck.


Youth is a fast car.
Full of Noise.
Thundering. Thud a Boom.
Thud a Boom, Boom . . .
Trailing Away.


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