The winter afternoon darkens.
The shoemaker bends close to the shoe,
his hammer raps faster.
An old woman waits,
rubbing the cold from her hands.
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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.