Once she was a beauty. But that was in Sicilia. Now she is a miner's wife, mother of a big famiglia. Once she wrapped her maiden grace in black lace, now East-Side poverty beams from her unadorned face. The miner, her husband, is giant, but armless, what use is he at all? He lost them somewhere in that pit.
Yosl Grinshpan, born in Kletsk, Belarus, in 1902, was a Yiddish poet. He is the author of Lider un poems (1937) and Tsvishn vent. He died in 1934, at the age of thirty-two.