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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
28. The Miner
 
By Maxwell Bodenheim
 
 
THOSE on the top say they know you, Earth—they are liars.
You are my father, and the silence I work in is my mother.
Only the son knows his father.
We are alike—sweaty, inarticulate of soul, bending under thick knowledge.
I drink and shout with my brothers when above you—        5
Like most children we soon forget the parents of our souls.
But you avidly grip us again—we pay for the little noise of life we steal.
 

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