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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
188. On the Jail Steps
 
By Agnes Lee
 
 
I’VE won the race.
  Young man, I’m new!
Old Sallow-face
  Good luck to you!
 
I’ve turned about,        5
  And paid for sin.
And you come out,
  As I go in.
 
Ten years! but mark,
  I am free, free!        10
Ten years of dark
  Shall gather me.
 
My wife—long-while
  She wept her pain.
She cannot smile        15
  She weeps again.
 
My little one
  Shall know my call.
Child is there none
  For sin grows tall.        20
 
Now who are you,
  Spar of hell’s flood?
And who, and who,
  But your own blood?
 

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