Vachel Lindsay

(November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931 / Springfield, Illinois)

Factory Windows Are Always Broken - Poem by Vachel Lindsay

Factory windows are always broken.
Somebody's always throwing bricks,
Somebody's always heaving cinders,
Playing ugly Yahoo tricks.

Factory windows are always broken.
Other windows are let alone.
No one throws through the chapel-window
The bitter, snarling, derisive stone.

Factory windows are always broken.
Something or other is going wrong.
Something is rotten--I think, in Denmark.
End of factory-window song.


Comments about Factory Windows Are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/27/2017 1:39:00 PM)


    Windows! ! Broken. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Kamiel Chè (9/27/2017 11:36:00 AM)


    This is a strange poem about how revolutionary violence is always directed at the factory and not at the church. Historically this is nonsense of course. The reference to Shakespeare doesn't illuminate much either, the bold cursive of the song announcing its own ending is an interesting find. Who sings the factory window song? (Report) Reply

  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/27/2017 9:45:00 AM)


    A different kind of poem, few can really understand. I belong to that kind. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/27/2017 8:39:00 AM)


    Insightful depiction. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/27/2017 8:39:00 AM)


    Insightful depiction. aBeautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/27/2017 12:22:00 AM)


    Such an interesting write..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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