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19th century 20th century African-American Otto Leland Bohanan

“The Washer-Woman” by Otto Leland Bohanan


“A GREAT swart cheek and the gleam of tears, The flutter of hopes and the shadow of fears,”


A GREAT swart cheek and the gleam of tears,
The flutter of hopes and the shadow of fears,
And all day long the rub and scrub
With only a breath betwixt tub and tub.
Fool! Thou hast toiled for fifty years
And what hast thou now but thy dusty tears?
In silence she rubbed … But her face I had seen,
Where the light of her soul fell shining and clean.

By TDarris

Thinker. Reader. Writer--- of, and about, a plethora of things.

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