lollypop man

he’s a jolly un-english man
owner of a thick handlebar moustache
and a smiling fat face
above a red stripe white coat
and a sign that says

stop

weekdays he is at the primary school
with a wave as I go past and a melody of

e-lo

every day he walks the children
to the centre of the crossing
then returns to kerb-side
and waves his greeting song
at the cars that pass

e-lo

in a rumbling surprise of deep voice
that might have just arrived
from a coffee-land
but right now it belongs
to a wide fat smile
on the dark skinned face
of a jolly traffic stopper
at a place where children
walk across the road

the voice within a smile
at the crossing that belongs
to a Cheltenham jolly lollypop man

e-lo


© Frank Prem, 2001

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