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First Line: Twenty men stand watching the muckers
Last Line: "ten others, ""jesus, I wish I had the job."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


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 murmur, "O, it's a hell of a job,"
Ten others, "Jesus, I wish I had the job."




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