Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

A Coin

Poem 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 gone
Salute your forms on the new nickel.

You are
To us:
The past.

On the prairie:

Comments about A Coin by Carl Sandburg

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (10/1/2019 9:16:00 PM)

    The buffalo and an Indian were on reverse sides of the new nickel,
    representing the past. What a coin. Good-bye.(Report)Reply

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  • luis gonzalez (11/17/2017 8:44:00 AM)

    I dont get the idea of what he is saying(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (5/29/2016 6:00:00 AM)

    is it, maybe, the famous Indian Head penny? Indian Head pennies were made from 1859 to 1909.. right? ?(Report)Reply

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  • Mary Gordley (3/13/2007 5:46:00 PM)

    don't look now, but the buffalo is back(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003