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03/17/2002 Entry: "For My Sister: Carl Sandburg"

Some Carl Sandburg, for my Sister.


THE fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

And then, one of my favorites, one of his war poems.


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 Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

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