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  • Gary Hunter

The Paper Boy - August 12, 2023

remember the bicycled boy

weaving down the street

in the gruel of pre-dawn

the boomerang toss to the

right then left then right?

today it’s a paper man

or a foldable woman

in a car that still weaves

but often in sunlight and

lacking the skill of the fling

I know because I’m looking

for the third time in bushes

and under my car

for the Times and Sun

as my coffee grows cold

and my mood even colder

I miss those dudes

who backpacked the news

on Schwinn’s and Huffy’s

and jangled their bells

just to say

America – Begin your day!


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