One shoulder lower,
with unsure step like a bear erect,
the smell of the wet black rags that she cleans with about her.
Scratching with four stiff fingers her half-bald head,
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POEMS 1918-1975: THE COMPLETE POEMS OF CHARLES REZNIKOFF Copyright © 1977
by Marie Syrkin Reznikoff and reprinted with the permission of Black Sparrow Press.