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Bootblack in a Barber Shop

Bootblack in a Barber Shop

By Herbert Henegan

You lift your haughy frame, high with conceit,
Upon my dais
And watch me labor at the task of
Making mirrors of your shoes.
To you I'm just another menial who makes
Obeisance to your shining leather
With my rag and brush.
But I often wonder if you ever stop to think—
As you fling to me the well-earned dimes—
That One whose might is more than
Yours or mine
Would gladly bathe your snobbish feet
In holy oil.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring 1931)


Herbert Henegan was an Omaha writer. He contributed verse and articles to various magazines and "worked at almost every type of job from bootblack to editorial writer on a newspaper."

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