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Red-headed Restaurant Cashier

by Carl Sandburg, 1920

Shake back your hair, O red-headed girl.
 Let go your laughter and keep your two proud freckles on your chin.
 Somewhere is a man looking for a red-headed girl and some day maybe he will look into your eyes for a restaurant cashier and find a lover, maybe.
 Around and around go ten thousand men hunting a red headed girl with two freckles on her chin.
 I have seen them hunting, hunting.
   Shake back your hair; let go your laughter.

Published in Smoke and Steel

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