There he stood, in a corner of the street
The harsh ball of fire scalding his bare skin
His eager eyes on the lookout
Maybe, the schoolgirl with a happy trot...
Maybe, the couple across the street cooing sweet nothings.
Wouldn’t a frosty bite be just perfect now?
A perfect ploy to beat the heat!
Chocolate, butterscotch, strawberry... anything you want.
But they do not stop
The school girl, the happy couple head to a cheerful place
Where air-conditioners are on full blast
The flavours are on display
Little plastic spoons
Piling in the garbage, slowly but surely
Yet they are joyful
An “informed choice” has been made you see.
The man in corner goes back home, trudging along his cart.
His ice candies melting away like his spirit.
Yet the light does not go out from his eyes.
Tomorrow will be a new day.