Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
|The Man Under the Stone|
(From The Man with the Hoe and other Poems)
By Edwin Markham
|WHEN I see a workingman with mouths to feed,|
|Up, day after day, in the dark before the dawn,|
|And coming home, night after night, thro the dusk,|
|Swinging forward like some fierce silent animal,|
|I see a man doomed to roll a huge stone up an endless steep.|| 5|
|He strains it onward inch by stubborn inch,|
|Crouched always in the shadow of the rock.
|See where he crouches, twisted, cramped, misshapen!|
| He lifts for their life;|
| The veins knot and darken|| 10|
| Blood surges into his face.
| Now he losesnow he wins|
| Now he losesloses(God of my soul!)|
| He digs his feet into the earth|
| Theres a movement of terrified effort.
| It stirsit moves!|
| Will the huge stone break his hold|
| And crush him as it plunges to the Gulf?|
|The silent struggle goes on and on,|
|Like two contending in a dream.|| 20|