At A Window Poem by Carl Sandburg

At A Window

Rating: 3.1


Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!

But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 30 September 2015

Sandburg is a master at digging up unpalatable truths and finding something humanity can cling to and get through life with dignity and grace.

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Yuri A. 10 November 2009

Beautiful. And true. At the end of the day, we realize that what really matters the most to us are the simple, unseen things...A little love is worth more than everything that this empty world can offer.

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Joe Cesaro 17 December 2014

I thought this was a beautiful poem. I espeically liked One little wandering, western star Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow. This really showed me the intensity of how alone you felt and how hungry you were for someones love. Very nice

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Nathan Gibbons 30 March 2009

i like this poem a lot..the poem only asks for a little love..no great expectations..he seems confident he can endure with just a small measure of love...

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cool12 27 April 2021

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Michael Walker 28 August 2019

A fine balance between hunger and 'a little love'.

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Guyzz 16 December 2019

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Rajnish Manga 14 November 2016

This is, in fact, an earnest prayer whereby the poet asks for some amount of love even when he is surrounded by adversities in life. Beautifully articulated poem. Thanks. O you gods / Give me hunger, pain and want / Shut me out with shame and failure But leave me a little love,

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M Asim Nehal 31 January 2016

Amazing poem. A prayer in a different style.

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