Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CLICK OF THE WIELDED PICK, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER



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THE CLICK OF THE WIELDED PICK, by            
First Line: Oh, I like to list to the wielded pick
Last Line: And sweet is its metal tone.
Subject(s): Axes; Knives; Labor & Laborers; Hatchets; Daggers; Work; Workers


Oh, I like to list to the wielded pick
As it strikes against the stone,
For the rhythm of song is in every click
And sweet is its metal tone,
And sweet is its metal tone.

Oh, it sings a song of labor and toil,
Of sinew and sturdy brawn,
Of the human ants who struggle and moil
Like slaves from the early dawn,
Like slaves from the early dawn.

Oh, it tells of things that are soon to be,
Of conflicts great and small,
Oh it tells of life and its dignity
And the future for us all,
And the future for us all.

Oh, it's two sharp tines rend the earth in twain,
And they point the way to gold,
Were everything lost then the pick again
Would restore a hundred fold,
Would restore a hundred fold.

Oh, I like to list to the wielded pick
As it strikes against the stone,
For the rhythm of song is in every click
And sweet is its metal tone,
And sweet is its metal tone.





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