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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Shop
By Marjorie Allen Seiffert
 
From “Gallery of Paintings”

THE SHOP is red and crimson. Under the forge
  Men hold red bars of iron with black iron tongs.
It crashes—sparks spatter out; it crashes again, again.
  At last the iron is bent as it belongs.
 
Swedes, Norwegians, Poles or Greeks—they are men:        5
  They grin when they please, look ugly when they please;
They wear black oakum in their ears for the noise;
  They know their job, handle their tools with ease.
 
Their eyes are clean and white in their black faces;
  If they like, they are surly, can speak an ugly no;        10
They laugh great blocks of mirth, their jokes are simple;
  They know where they stand, which way they go.
 
If I wore overalls, lost my disguise
  Of womanhood and youth, they would call me friend;
They would see I am one of them, and we could talk        15
  And laugh together, and smoke at the day’s end.
 
 
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