Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Manual System


Mary has a thingamajig clamped on her ears
And sits all day taking plugs out and sticking plugs in.
Flashes and flashes--voies and voices
calling for ears to put words in
Faces at the ends of wires asking for other faces
at the ends of other wires:
All day taking plugs out and sticking plugs in,
Mary has a thingamajig clamped on her ears.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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