Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Among The Red Guns - Poem by Carl Sandburg

Among the red guns,
In the hearts of soldiers
Running free blood
In the long, long campaign:
Dreams go on.

Among the leather saddles,
In the heads of soldiers
Heavy in the wracks and kills
Of all straight fighting:
Dreams go on.

Among the hot muzzles,
In the hands of soldiers
Brought from flesh-folds of women--
Soft amid the blood and crying--
In all your hearts and heads
Among the guns and saddles and muzzles:

Dreams,
Dreams go on,
Out of the dead on their backs,
Broken and no use any more:
Dreams of the way and the end go on.


Comments about Among The Red Guns by Carl Sandburg

  • Neal Beightol (9/25/2016 5:37:00 PM)


    hmmm....this one just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure why, the imagery was sharp, but not really paralyzing. Given the potential of the subject, I don't think it plumbed the depths of pathos as deeply as it might. Poignant, yes. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/25/2016 10:48:00 AM)

    Among The Red Guns
    amid the blood and crying-
    In all your hearts and heads
    Among the guns and saddles and muzzles: / Very poignant poem reflecting horrors and futility of wars. Thanks that the poet has voiced the concerns of people the world over.
    (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (9/25/2016 10:37:00 AM)


    excellent! It's the respected dedication all the soldiers of all time. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/25/2016 12:31:00 AM)

    Among The Red Guns
    Running free blood! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/25/2016 10:45:00 AM)

    Ya true....

  • (9/17/2008 8:48:00 AM)


    i like this poem it in a way talks about me and my gang life i march with red guns and red ones we are bloods and we keep the red up (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2007 9:13:00 AM)


    Soldiers have no choice they must march as the leaders
    of their countries dictate.
    Their own dreams no longer matter.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2007 9:13:00 AM)


    Soldiers have no choice they must march as the leaders
    of their countries dictate.
    Their own dreams no longer matter.
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2007 9:13:00 AM)


    Soldiers have no choice they must march as the leaders
    of their countries dictate.
    Their own dreams no longer matter.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2006 11:44:00 PM)


    a wonderful poem about the dreams that seem lost in the midst of war but in the shadows of everything do exsist.Dreams that were once there to guide us, lead us to reaching out for what we want but all dreams are in war are worthless thoughts.A well written poem.Beautiful indeed. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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