Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

All Day Long - Poem by Carl Sandburg

All day long in fog and wind,
The waves have flung their beating crests
Against the palisades of adamant.
My boy, he went to sea, long and long ago,
Curls of brown were slipping underneath his cap,
He looked at me from blue and steely eyes;
Natty, straight and true, he stepped away,
My boy, he went to sea.
All day long in fog and wind,
The waves have flung their beating crests
Against the palisades of adamant.


Comments about All Day Long by Carl Sandburg

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/8/2017 12:10:00 AM)


    Nice... thanks for sharing++++++ (Report) Reply

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  • (1/7/2017 6:02:00 PM)


    I had to look up 'adamant'. I'm glad I did. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/7/2017 12:22:00 PM)


    The beauty of the description of the turbulent weather kept aside, the element of mystery stings the sensibility of the reader. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (1/6/2017 4:54:00 PM)


    Nicely done in that it only hints at aspects of a much larger story. We are left contemplating the power of the sea, and the decision of a young man to therein venture. What becomes of him? We wonder to the rhythm of the palisades of adamant, all....day....long.... (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/6/2017 10:05:00 AM)


    Curls of brown were slipping underneath his cap,
    He looked at me from blue and steely eyes; ... is very nice. Thanks for sharing such a nice poem. Congrats.
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (1/6/2017 6:15:00 AM)


    Beautiful photographic illustration by words. Reader could feel the zeal and his inquisitive loneliness to uncap the mystery of wild beauty..............................Nice. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/6/2017 4:21:00 AM)

    tom allport
    it is not every bodies cup of tea to go to sea? nice poem about a young boy's steely determination to do so. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/6/2017 1:30:00 AM)

    weathering the storm
    Wonderful piece of work+++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/6/2017 12:50:00 AM)

    To sea
    Fog and wind! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/6/2017 12:28:00 AM)


    ...blue and steely eyes

    Life is rough and tough. Only the determined survives in the vineyard of life.
    A good piece of poetry.

    Sylva-Onyema Uba
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  • (3/14/2014 7:53:00 PM)


    All day long in fog and wind,
    The waves have flung their beating crests
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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