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PSALM OF THOSE WHO GO FORTH BEFORE DAYLIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The policeman buys shoes slow and careful
Last Line: Ears; they are brothers of cinders.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


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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