Carl Sandburg Poems

  • 451.  
    Between two hills
    The old town stands.The houses loom
  • 452.  
    A man saw the whole world as a grinning skull and
    cross-bones. The rose flesh of life shriveled from allfaces. Nothing counts. Everything is a fake. Dust to
  • 453.  
    Shine on, O moon of summer.
    Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,All silver under your rain to-night.
  • 454.  
    I wanted a man's face looking into the jaws and throat
    of lifeWith something proud on his face, so proud no smash
  • 455.  
    You came from the Aztecs
    With a copper on your fore-armsTawnier than a sunset
  • 456.  
    Give me hunger,
    O you gods that sit and giveThe world its orders.
  • 457.  
    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.
  • 458.  
    Smash down the cities.
    Knock the walls to pieces.Break the factories and cathedrals, warehouses
  • 459.  
    After waking at dawn one morning when the wind sang
    low among dry leaves in an elm
  • 460.  
    All day long in fog and wind,
    The waves have flung their beating crestsAgainst the palisades of adamant.
  • 461.  
    Sobs En Route to a Penitentiary

  • 462.  
    Close-mouthed you sat five thousand years and never
    let out a whisper.Processions came by, marchers, asking questions you
  • 463.  
    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
  • 464.  
    Your western heads here cast on money,
    You are the two that fade away together, Partners in the mist.
Total 464 poems written by Carl Sandburg

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Expectans Expectavi
 by Charles Hamilton Sorley

From morn to midnight, all day through,
I laugh and play as others do,
I sin and chatter, just the same
As others with a different name.

And all year long upon the stage
I dance and tumble and do rage
So vehemently, I scarcely see

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