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Carl Sandburg - Psalm of Those Who Go Forth Before Daylight

THE POLICEMAN buys shoes slow and careful;
the teamster buys gloves slow and careful;
they take care of their feet and hands;
they live on their feet and hands.
The milkman never argues;
he works alone and no one speaks to him;
the city is asleep when he is on the job;
he puts a bottle on six hundred porches and calls it a day’s work;
he climbs two hundred wooden stairways;
two horses are company for him;
he never argues.
The rolling-mill men and the sheet-steel men are brothers of cinders;
they empty cinders out of their shoes after the day’s work;
they ask their wives to fix burnt holes in the knees of their trousers;
their necks and ears are covered with a smut;
they scour their necks and ears;
they are brothers of cinders.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 11. Psalm of Those Who Go Forth Before Daylight
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Leather Leggings
Year: Published/Written in 1918

Comment 3 of 3, added on February 12th, 2012 at 3:39 AM.

77jCZ4 Yeah� I read and I understand that I do not understand anything what it is about:DD

oem software from Belgium
Comment 2 of 3, added on February 9th, 2006 at 10:42 AM.

This poem has inspired me to buy shoes slow and careful but i'm a poor school boy from barbados that can't afford any shoes. So I guess i will buy them slowly and carefully cause i ain't got no money partner!

Stokes Turner from Barbados
Comment 1 of 3, added on September 6th, 2004 at 8:22 PM.

How it is that ones own company may fair better than others at all times of the day? "two horses and never argues"- Id guess his humanity rewarded his stolid occupation.


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