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Carl Sandburg - Vaudeville Dancer

ELSIE FLIMMERWON, you got a job now with a jazz outfit in vaudeville.
  
The houses go wild when you finish the act shimmying a fast shimmy to The Livery Stable Blues.
  
It is long ago, Elsie Flimmerwon, I saw your mother over a washtub in a grape arbor when your father came with the locomotor
ataxia shuffle.
  
It is long ago, Elsie, and now they spell your name with an electric sign.
  
Then you were a little thing in checked gingham and your mother wiped your nose and said: You little fool, keep off the
streets.
  
Now you are a big girl at last and streetfuls of people read your name and a line of people shaped like a letter S stand at
the box office hoping to see you shimmy.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 19. Vaudeville Dancer
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- VIII. Circles of Doors
Year: Published/Written in 1922
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