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The First Boy

from Croons & Tunes by Minka Hoist

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The first boy on the bus
Was the first one to rise
He watches the others board
With sleep caught in their eyes

But first he walked out in the dark
To pull down hay and set out grain
And break the ice in the galvanized trough
And bury his face in her mane

The first boy sits up front
And tastes his fresh-brushed teeth
He jokes with the driver
Though the first boy is shy of speech

He watches the others wait
By farmhouse – mailbox – ravine
He knows how their lives look
While he remains unseen

Schooldays sure seem long
When you’re used to being alone
But he knows that later on
He’ll be riding that long bus home

The first boy on the bus
Is the last one to descend
He scuffs the packed gravel path back
Thinking about having a friend


from Croons & Tunes, released January 10, 2016




Minka Hoist Århus, Denmark

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