Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WASHER-WOMAN, by CONSTANCE CRANE

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WASHER-WOMAN, by                    
First Line: I am a washer-woman
Last Line: Wiping toil's damp brow?
Subject(s): Cleanliness; Laundry & Laundering

I am a washer-woman
Scrubbing, scrubbing --
In my heart
A white hand
Lengthens graceful fingers
Over black and ivory keys.

You are a poet
Dreaming, dreaming --
In your heart
Is there ever
A strong, red hand
Wiping toil's damp brow?

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