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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
II. People Who Must
25. Blue Maroons
  “YOU slut,” he flung at her.
It was more than a hundred times
He had thrown it into her face
And by this time it meant nothing to her.
She said to herself upstairs sweeping,        5
“Clocks are to tell time with, pitchers
Hold milk, spoons dip out gravy, and a
Coffee pot keeps the respect of those
Who drink coffee—I am a woman whose
Husband gives her a kiss once for ten        10
Times he throws it in my face, ‘You slut.’
If I go to a small town and him along
Or if I go to a big city and him along.
What of it? Am I better off?” She swept
The upstairs and came downstairs to fix        15
Dinner for the family.



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