Bricklayer Love

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Cornhuskers by Carl Sandburg
Bricklayer Love
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BRICKLAYER LOVE

I thought of killing myself because I am only a bricklayer and you a woman who loves the man who runs a drug store.


I don't care like I used to; I lay bricks straighter than I used to and I sing slower handling the trowel afternoons.


When the sun is in my eyes and the ladders are shaky and the mortar boards go wrong, I think of you.

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The author died in 1967, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.