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Carl Sandburg - The Shovel Man

ON the street
Slung on his shoulder is a handle half way across,
Tied in a big knot on the scoop of cast iron
Are the overalls faded from sun and rain in the ditches;
Spatter of dry clay sticking yellow on his left sleeve
And a flimsy shirt open at the throat,
I know him for a shovel man,
A dago working for a dollar six bits a day
And a dark-eyed woman in the old country dreams of
him for one of the world's ready men with a pair
of fresh lips and a kiss better than all the wild
grapes that ever grew in Tuscany.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 13. The Shovel Man
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912
Poem of the Day: Feb 15 2016

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Comment 2 of 4, added on February 14th, 2006 at 11:11 AM.

I thought it was nice but could make the meaning easier to figure out.

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