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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
21. Child of the Romans
 
 
THE DAGO shovelman sits by the railroad track
Eating a noon meal of bread and bologna.
    A train whirls by, and men and women at tables
    Alive with red roses and yellow jonquils,
    Eat steaks running with brown gravy,        5
    Strawberries and cream, eclaires and coffee.
The dago shovelman finishes the dry bread and bologna,
Washes it down with a dipper from the water-boy,
And goes back to the second half of a ten-hour day’s work
Keeping the road-bed so the roses and jonquils        10
Shake hardly at all in the cut glass vases
Standing slender on the tables in the dining cars.
 

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