Carl Sandburg
Grass by Carl Sandburg

Grass by Carl Sandburg

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. Shovel them under and let me work-- I am the grass; I cover all.And pile them high at GettysburgAnd pile them high at ...

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All Day Long by Carl Sandburg

All Day Long by Carl Sandburg

All day long in fog and wind, The waves have flung their beating crests Against the palisades of adamant. My boy, he went to sea, long and long ago, Curls of brown were slipping ...

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Aprons Of Silence by Carl Sandburg

Aprons Of Silence by Carl Sandburg

Many things I might have said today. And I kept my mouth shut. So many times I was asked To come and say the same things Everybody was saying, no end To the yes-yes, yes-yes, ...

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Autumn Movement by Carl Sandburg

Autumn Movement by Carl Sandburg

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts. The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the ...

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At A Window by Carl Sandburg

At A Window by Carl Sandburg

Give me hunger, O you gods that sit and give The world its orders. Give me hunger, pain and want, Shut me out with shame and failure From your doors of gold and fame, Give me your ...

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Who Am I? by Carl Sandburg

Who Am I? by Carl Sandburg

My head knocks against the stars. My feet are on the hilltops. My finger-tips are in the valleys and shores of universal life. Down in the sounding foam of primal things I reach ...

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A Father To His Son by Carl Sandburg

A Father To His Son by Carl Sandburg

A father sees his son nearing manhood.What shall he tell that son?'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.'And this might stand him for the stormsand serve him for humdrum monotonyand ...

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Under The Harvest Moon by Carl Sandburg

Under The Harvest Moon by Carl Sandburg

Under the harvest moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers. Under ...

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Dreams In The Dusk by Carl Sandburg

Dreams In The Dusk by Carl Sandburg

Dreams in the dusk, Only dreams closing the day And with the day’s close going back To the gray things, the dark things, The far, deep things of dreamland.Dreams, only dreams in ...

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A Teamster’s Farewell by Carl Sandburg

A Teamster’s Farewell by Carl Sandburg

Sobs En Route to a PenitentiaryGood-by now to the streets and the clash of wheels and locking hubs, The sun coming on the brass buckles and harness knobs. The muscles of the ...

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Good Night by Carl Sandburg

Good Night by Carl Sandburg

Many ways to say good night.Fireworks at a pier on the Fourth of July spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes. They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit. Rockets make a ...

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Honky Tonk In Cleveland, Ohio by Carl Sandburg

Honky Tonk In Cleveland, Ohio by Carl Sandburg

It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and coronet razzes. The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts. The banjo tickles and titters too awful. The chippies talk about the ...

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From The Shore by Carl Sandburg

From The Shore by Carl Sandburg

A lone gray bird, Dim-dipping, far-flying, Alone in the shadows and grandeurs and tumults Of night and the sea And the stars and storms. Out over the darkness it wavers and ...

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And They Obey by Carl Sandburg

And They Obey by Carl Sandburg

Smash down the cities.Knock the walls to pieces.Break the factories and cathedrals, warehousesand homesInto loose piles of stone and lumber and blackburnt wood:You are the ...

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Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg

Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg

Bend low again, night of summer stars. So near you are, sky of summer stars, So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars, Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl, So near you are, ...

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Young Sea by Carl Sandburg

Young Sea by Carl Sandburg

The sea is never still. It pounds on the shore Restless as a young heart, Hunting.The sea speaks And only the stormy hearts Know what it says: It is the face of a rough mother ...

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A Sphinx by Carl Sandburg

A Sphinx by Carl Sandburg

Close-mouthed you sat five thousand years and never let out a whisper. Processions came by, marchers, asking questions you answered with grey eyes never blinking, shut lips never ...

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Dream Girl by Carl Sandburg

Dream Girl by Carl Sandburg

You will come one day in a waver of love,Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,The tan of the sun will be on your skin,The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,You will pose ...

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Happiness by Carl Sandburg

Happiness by Carl Sandburg

I asked the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what is happiness. And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men. They all shook their ...

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A Coin by Carl Sandburg

A Coin by Carl Sandburg

Your western heads here cast on money, You are the two that fade away together, Partners in the mist. Lunging buffalo shoulder, Lean Indian face,We who come after where you are ...

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Gone by Carl Sandburg

Gone by Carl Sandburg

Everybody loved Chick Lorimer in our town. Far off Everybody loved her. So we all love a wild girl keeping a hold On a dream she wants.Nobody knows now where Chick Lorimer went. ...

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Among The Red Guns by Carl Sandburg

Among The Red Guns by Carl Sandburg

Among the red guns,In the hearts of soldiersRunning free bloodIn the long, long campaign:Dreams go on.Among the leather saddles,In the heads of soldiersHeavy in the wracks and ...

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Joy by Carl Sandburg

Joy by Carl Sandburg

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands And take it when it runs by, As the Apache dancer Clutches his woman. I have seen them Live long and laugh loud, Sent on singing, singing, ...

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A Fence by Carl Sandburg

A Fence by Carl Sandburg

Now the stone house on the lake front is finished and the workmen are beginning the fence. The palings are made of iron bars with steel points that can stab the life out of any ...

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Anna Imroth by Carl Sandburg

Anna Imroth by Carl Sandburg

Cross the hands over the breast here--so. Straighten the legs a little more--so. And call for the wagon to come and take her home. Her mother will cry some and so will her sisters ...

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Blacklisted by Carl Sandburg

Blacklisted by Carl Sandburg

Why shall I keep the old name? What is a name anywhere anyway? A name is a cheap thing all fathers and mothers leave each child: A job is a job and I want to live, so Why does God ...

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Aztec by Carl Sandburg

Aztec by Carl Sandburg

You came from the Aztecs With a copper on your fore-arms Tawnier than a sunset Saying good-by to an even river. And I said, you remember,Those fore-arms of yours Were finer than ...

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Evening Waterfall by Carl Sandburg

Evening Waterfall by Carl Sandburg

What is the name you called me?-- And why did you go so soon?The crows lift their caws on the wind, And the wind changed and was lonely.The warblers cry thier sleepy-songs Across ...

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An Electric Sign Goes Dark by Carl Sandburg

An Electric Sign Goes Dark by Carl Sandburg

Poland, France, Judea ran in her veins,Singing to Paris for bread, singing to Gotham in a fizz at the pop of a bottle’s cork.“Won’t you come and play wiz me” she sang … and “I ...

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Government by Carl Sandburg

Government by Carl Sandburg

The Government -- I heard about the Government and I went out to find it. I said I would look closely at it when I saw it.Then I saw a policeman dragging a drunken man to the ...

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Theme In Yellow by Carl Sandburg

Theme In Yellow by Carl Sandburg

I spot the hillsWith yellow balls in autumn.I light the prairie cornfieldsOrange and tawny gold clustersAnd I am called pumpkins.On the last of OctoberWhen dusk is fallenChildren ...

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Waiting by Carl Sandburg

Waiting by Carl Sandburg

Today I will let the old boat standWhere the sweep of the harbor tide comes inTo the pulse of a far, deep-steady sway.And I will rest and dream and sit on the deck Watching ...

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Child Moon by Carl Sandburg

Child Moon by Carl Sandburg

The child's wonder At the old moon Comes back nightly. She points her finger To the far silent yellow thingShining through the branches Filtering on the leaves a golden sand, ...

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Cool Tombs by Carl Sandburg

Cool Tombs by Carl Sandburg

When Abraham Lincoln was shoveled into the tombs he forgotthe copperheads and the assassin . . . in the dust, in thecool tombs.And Ulysses Grant lost all thought of con men and ...

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Bath by Carl Sandburg

Bath by Carl Sandburg

A man saw the whole world as a grinning skull and cross-bones. The rose flesh of life shriveled from all faces. Nothing counts. Everything is a fake. Dust to dust and ashes to ...

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Iron by Carl Sandburg

Iron by Carl Sandburg

Guns,Long, steel guns,Pointed from the war shipsIn the name of the war god.Straight, shining, polished guns,Clambered over with jackies in white blouses,Glory of tan faces, ...

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Nigger by Carl Sandburg

Nigger by Carl Sandburg

I am the nigger. Singer of songs, Dancer… Softer than fluff of cotton… Harder than dark earthRoads beaten in the sun By the bare feet of slaves… Foam of teeth … breaking crash of ...

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Hope Is A Tattered Flag by Carl Sandburg

Hope Is A Tattered Flag by Carl Sandburg

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in whiteThe evening star inviolable over the coal mines,The shimmer of northern ...

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A.E.F. by Carl Sandburg

A.E.F. by Carl Sandburg

There will be a rusty gun on the wall, sweetheart, The rifle grooves curling with flakes of rust. A spider will make a silver string nest in the darkest, warmest corner of it. The ...

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Between Two Hills by Carl Sandburg

Between Two Hills by Carl Sandburg

Between two hills The old town stands. The houses loom And the roofs and trees And the dusk and the dark, The damp and the dew Are there. The prayers are said And the people rest ...

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I Am The People, The Mob by Carl Sandburg

I Am The People, The Mob by Carl Sandburg

I Am the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass. Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me? I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of ...

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Back Yard by Carl Sandburg

Back Yard by Carl Sandburg

Shine on, O moon of summer. Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak, All silver under your rain to-night. An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an accordion. ...

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Window by Carl Sandburg

Window by Carl Sandburg

Night from a railroad car windowIs a great, dark, soft thingBroken across with slashes of light.

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Aztec Mask by Carl Sandburg

Aztec Mask by Carl Sandburg

I wanted a man’s face looking into the jaws and throat of life With something proud on his face, so proud no smash of the jaws, No gulp of the throat leaves the face in the end ...

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Skyscraper by Carl Sandburg

Skyscraper by Carl Sandburg

By day the skyscraper looms in the smoke and sun and has a soul.Prairie and valley, streets of the city, pour people into it and they mingle among its twenty floors and ...

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Graceland by Carl Sandburg

Graceland by Carl Sandburg

Tomb of a millionaire,A multi-millionaire, ladies and gentlemen, Place of the dead where they spend every year The usury of twenty-five thousand dollars For upkeep and flowersTo ...

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I Sang by Carl Sandburg

I Sang by Carl Sandburg

I sang to you and the moon But only the moon remembers. I sang O reckless free-hearted free-throated rythms, Even the moon remembers them And is kind to me.

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Chicago Poet by Carl Sandburg

Chicago Poet by Carl Sandburg

I saluted a nobody. I saw him in a looking-glass. He smiled--so did I. He crumpled the skin on his forehead, frowning--so did I. Everything I did he did. I said, "Hello, I know ...

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Stars, Songs, Faces by Carl Sandburg

Stars, Songs, Faces by Carl Sandburg

Gather the stars if you wish it so. Gather the songs and keep them. Gather the faces of women. Gather for keeping years and years. And then . . . Loosen your hands, let go and say ...

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Limited by Carl Sandburg

Limited by Carl Sandburg

I am riding on a limited express, one of the crack trains of the nation. Hurtling across the prairie into blue haze and dark air go fifteen all-steel coaches holding a thousand ...

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