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The Shovel Man

The Shovel Man

ON the street
Slung on his shoulder is a handle half way across,
Tied in a big knot on the scoop of cast iron
Are the overalls faded from sun and rain in the ditches;
Spatter of dry clay sticking yellow on his left sleeve
And a flimsy shirt open at the throat,
I know him for a shovel man,
A dago working for a dollar six bits a day
And a dark-eyed woman in the old country dreams of
Him for one of the world’s ready men with a pair
Of fresh lips and a kiss better than all the wild
Grapes that ever grew in Tuscany.


Poem The Shovel Man - Carl Sandburg