Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

At A Window - Poem by Carl Sandburg

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 about At A Window by Carl Sandburg

  • Michael Walker (8/28/2019 7:49:00 PM)

    A fine balance between hunger and 'a little love'. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/15/2018 3:12:00 AM)

    창가에서 내게 굶주림을 주소서 앉아서 세상에 명령을 내리시는 오 그대 신들이여 내게 굶주림과 고통과 결핍을 주소서, 수치와 실패로 당신들의 부와 명성 (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (11/14/2016 12:41:00 PM)

    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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  • (1/31/2016 10:48:00 PM)

    Amazing poem. A prayer in a different style. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (9/30/2015 4:01:00 PM)

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

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  • Soumita Sarkar (9/9/2015 1:12:00 AM)

    This poem talk of the ruthless injustice of God... and also prays for some hope that we all need at the end of the day.....as we know life is not and will never be a bed of roses...Thanks Dear Poet.....for this last start of hope and living strong. (Report)Reply

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  • Joe Cesaro (12/17/2014 7:53:00 AM)

    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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  • (11/10/2009 12:12:00 AM)

    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. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/15/2009 11:26:00 AM)

    This is a celebration of simplicity in life, character and strength gained by overcoming hardship, and the enduring strength of love. Lovely images. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/30/2009 12:03:00 PM)

    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... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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