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Below is the poem entitled A HAWKING CHILD which was written by poet Ingibo Benson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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At eight, Mary started hawking
Supplies, at Creek road market

Little Mary!

Up and down
In the hazardous market

''Buy your ice water'' 
Every now and then
She would cry

Many a kids
Also hawked wares
Hence, their continual cries
'' Buy kerosene''
'' Buy your ice water''
'' Buy your ice cream''

A customer's beckon
Always triggered chaos
The struggle to sell their wares
Some kids crossed without

Upon one hawking day
A reckless driver hit Mary
Slowly, she lost her breath
And went down in a thud
The driver escaped like a mad dog
A folk of traders like an ant colony
Gathered about the child
Shaking heads with folded arms
Soon they dispersed
With a tale to tell
How Mary, the hawking child
Died with the night
But shall arise with the sun no more

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  1. Date: 8/8/2013 1:01:00 AM
    I pictured how the poor girl died sorrowfully through your work. A very nice poem. With your ink, you surely have a place to go!

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 11:33:00 AM
    another well done; but good grief! how sad. KJ Hooten

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 2:49:00 PM
    A very moving poem! I like it very much... Terry