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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
119. Trafficker
 
 
AMONG the shadows where two streets cross,
A woman lurks in the dark and waits
To move on when a policeman heaves in view.
Smiling a broken smile from a face
Painted over haggard bones and desperate eyes,        5
All night she offers passers-by what they will
Of her beauty wasted, body faded, claims gone,
And no takers.
 

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