Quotation by Meridel Le Sueur

There is a cop who is both prowler and father:
... He has access to machinery that could get you put away;
and if, in the sickening light of the precinct,
and if, in the sickening light of the precinct,
your details sound like a portrait of your confessor,
will you swallow, will you deny them, will you lie your way home?
Hunger makes a human being lapse into a state of lethargy, especially city hunger. Is there any place else in the world where a human being is supposed to go hungry amidst plenty without an outcry, without protest, where only the boldest steal or kill for bread, and the timid crawl the streets, hunger like the beak of a terrible bird at night?
Meridel Le Sueur (b. 1900), U.S. author. Women on the Breadlines, lines 1 and 26-30 (1932).

These are the first and last lines of the poem. Written in America during the Great Depression.
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