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Carl Sandburg - Muckers

TWENTY men stand watching the muckers.
Stabbing the sides of the ditch
Where clay gleams yellow,
Driving the blades of their shovels
Deeper and deeper for the new gas mains
Wiping sweat off their faces
With red bandanas
The muckers work on . . pausing . . to pull
Their boots out of suckholes where they slosh.

Of the twenty looking on
Ten murmer, "O, its a hell of a job,"
Ten others, "Jesus, I wish I had the job."

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 18. Muckers
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912
Poem of the Day: Apr 20 2003

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