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Work Boots

Trampling to class in their work boots,

the students bear heavy thoughts.

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They have plowed through their homework,

a sometimes harrowing experience;

they have milked their assignments

of every ounce of juice,

fed data into computers,

carried many numbers, raised questions,

built theories, labored over problems,

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lugged abstruse notions fetched from far off -

listen: sandals or thongs

just wouldn't do.