Rural Proletarian Children, 1914

Rural Proletarian Children, 1914

after a photograph by August Sander


Days spent out-of-doors
At hard but useful labor
Are meant to give the poor
The kind of suntanned vigor

Envied by managers
In temperature-controlled
Cubicles who hunger
For bare feet and the gold

Complexion that’s denied
To these, whose shaven heads
And eyes set far too wide
Suggest that they’ve been fed

A vitaminless food,
And made to stay inside
Until whatever should
Have made them golden died.