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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
II. People Who Must
23. Neighbors
  
ON Forty First Street
near Eighth Avenue
a frame house wobbles.
  
If houses went on crutches
this house would be        5
one of the cripples.
  
A sign on the house:
Church of the Living God
And Rescue Home for Orphan Children.
  
From a Greek coffee house        10
Across the street
A cabalistic jargon
Jabbers back.
  And men at tables
  Spill Peloponnesian syllables        15
  And speak of shovels for street work.
  And the new embankments of the Erie Railroad
  At Painted Post, Horse’s Head, Salamanca.

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