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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Shoe Factory
By Ruth Harwood
 
From “Working-hour Songs”

Song of the knot-tyer

THEY told me
  When I came
That this would be drudgery,
  Always the same
Thing over and over        5
  Day after day—
The same swift movement
  In the same small way.
 
Pick up,
  Place,        10
    Push,
      And it’s tied.
Take off,
  Cut,
    And put        15
      It aside.
 
Over and over
  In rhythmical beat—
Some say it is drudgery
  But to me it is sweet.        20
 
Pick up,
  Place,
    Push,
      And it’s tied.
Out-doors        25
  The sky
    Is so blue
      And so wide!
 
It’s a joyous song
  Going steadily on,        30
Marching in measures
  Till the day is gone.
 
Pick up,
  Place,
    Push,        35
      And it’s tied.
Soon end
  Of day
    Will bring him
      To my side.        40
 
Oh, I love the measures
  Singing so fast,
Speeding happy hours
  Till he comes at last!
 
 
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