Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WORKING GIRLS, by CARL SANDBURG

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First Line: The working girls in the morning are going to work
Last Line: Streets.
Subject(s): Child Labor; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers

The working girls in the morning are going to work -- long lines of
them afoot amid the downtown stores and factories, thousands
with little brick-shaped lunches wrapped in newspapers under
their arms.
Each morning as I move through this river of young-woman life I
feel a wonder about where it is all going, so many with a peach
bloom of young years on them and laughter of red lips and
memories in their eyes of dances the night before and plays
and walks.
Green and gray streams run side by side in a river and so here are
always the others, those who have been over the way, the
women who know each one the end of life's gamble for her,
the meaning of the clew, the how and the why of the dances
and the arms that passed around their waists and the fingers
that played in their hair.
Faces go by written over: "I know it all, I know where the bloom
and the laughter go and I have memories," and the feet of
these move slower and they have wisdom where the others
have beauty.
So the green and gray move in the early morning on the downtown

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