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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
A Girl Strike-Leader

By Florence Kiper Frank

(American poetess, born 1886)
A WHITE-FACED, stubborn little thing
  Whose years are not quite twenty years,
Eyes steely now and done with tears,
  Mouth scornful of its suffering—
The young mouth!—body virginal        5
  Beneath the cheap, ill-fitting suit,
A bearing quaintly resolute,
  A flowering hat, satirical.
A soul that steps to the sound of the fife
  And banners waving red to war,        10
Mystical, knowing scarce wherefore—
  A Joan in a modern strife.

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