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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
What the Moon Saw

By Vachel Lindsay

(Poet and minstrel of Springfield, Illinois, 1879–1931; has tramped over many parts of the United States with his leaflet of “Rhymes to be Traded for Bread.” He has rediscovered the Homeric chant, and poured into it the life of the Middle West)
TWO statesmen met by moonlight.
  Their ease was partly feigned.
They glanced about the prairie,
  Their faces were constrained.
In various ways aforetime        5
  They had misled the state,
Yet did it so politely
  Their henchmen thought them great.
They sat beneath a hedge and spake
  No word, but had a smoke.        10
A satchel passed from hand to hand.
  Next day the deadlock broke.

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