Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TRAMP, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING



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First Line: He came from where he started
Last Line: "oh, I come from where I started!"
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Poverty; Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


HE came from where he started
And was going where he went.
He hadn't had a smell of food,
Not even had a scent.
He never even muttered once
Till he began to talk,
And when he left the kitchen door
He took the garden walk.

He said: "There's no one with me,
Because I am alone;
I might have scintillated once;
My clothes have always shone.
I got here 'fore the other ones
Because I started first:
The reason I look shabby is
Because I'm dressed the worst."

Then I asked him where he came from --
This was just before we parted,
And he muttered indistinctly,
"Oh, I come from where I started!"





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