Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, STREET CORNER COLLEGE, by KENNETH PATCHEN

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First Line: Next year the grave grass will cover us
Last Line: Cold stars and the whores.
Subject(s): Social Problems; Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes

Next year the grave grass will cover us.
We stand now, and laugh;
Watching the girls go by;
Betting on slow horses; drinking cheap gin.
We have nothing to do; nowhere to go; nobody.

Last year was a year ago; nothing more.
We weren't younger then; nor older now.

We manage to have the look the young men have;
We feel nothing behind our faces, one way or other.

We shall probably not be quite dead when we die.
We were never anything all the way; not even soldiers.

We are the insulted, brother, the desolate boys.
Sleepwalkers in a dark and terrible land,
Where solitude is a dirty knife at out throats.
Cold stars watch us, chum
Cold stars and the whores.

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