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John Wisdom, US
 

 

 

 

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The Ice Cream & Candy Store

 

The Ice Cream & Candy Store
is where I first fell in love
with a girl who pranced in:

Parasol twirling,
lemon-ripe breasts,
eyes sparkling
like mint-jelly.

Candy canes twisting
like barber poles.
The same girl who passed by
my Kool-Aid stand
(who never spoke to me).

Freckles, cork-screw curls,
she blew me a kiss.
braces that
shimmered like diamonds.

A scoop
of raspberry sherbet
cost six cents,
a double-dip for a dime.

I roller-skated home
with a purple-stained shirt,
my heart pulsing
under a pink-lit sky.

 

 

 

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