poet Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

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Fog

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Pax Amicus (4/3/2020 6:12:00 AM)

    bob b, Your are wrong, Langston Hughes did not write FOG, it was Sandburg and was first published in 1916. Hughes was only 16 at that time. Hughes had nothing published until 1921. Do your research!

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (10/24/2019 10:33:00 PM)

    A much anthologized poem, but Sandburg has written many better ones.

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  • your mom (3/13/2019 2:13:00 PM)

    its a really good poem

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (1/21/2019 2:53:00 AM)

    beautifully written

    FOG comes, slowly crosses all, small to great, touches all, ghostly....///

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  • bob b (9/17/2018 3:50:00 PM)

    Sorry, but LANGSTON HUGHES made this Poem - NOT Mr. Sandburg Thats called plagiarism

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    Pax Amicus(4/3/2020 6:07:00 AM)

    L. Hughes had nothing to do with the poem FOG. Sandburg wrote it and it was first published in 1916. Hughes was only fifteen in 1916 and was only first published in 1921. Do your research first!

    Chuck Isner(11/10/2019 3:02:00 PM)

    Hughes actually was an admirer of Sandburg, but this poem belongs to Sandburg without question.

    b bob(10/5/2018 8:43:00 AM)

    yeah you have no idea what you're talking about

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  • Kathy Lippard Cobb (8/2/2018 1:05:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poems of all time. Proof that poetry need not be long to be effective. The image of fog coming on little cat feet is hauntingly beautiful.

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  • raimundo marin (4/16/2018 4:04:00 PM)

    what does fog and this animal have in common

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    pasha(4/23/2020 1:19:00 PM)

    Clearly you've never watched a cat move. Equally clearly you've never seen wisps drift in from the bay, or seen a sea fret move in, sttod on the beach and watched the haar on rhe waves, or stood on a hilltop and watched flog-clouds drift by below you. Sad.

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  • NavyDave (4/14/2018 10:29:00 AM)

    I lived near San Francisco while I grew up, and enjoyed seeing the fog come on little cat feet. It is very silent and glides lithely along. Light from the setting sun tinges it yellow gold. In the Bay Area the fog is as omnipresent as the green hills, the sights, sounds, and smells of the City, the waters of the bay, and the majestic sight of the two bridges. I love the fog and I love the City.

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  • Awsome (3/20/2018 12:14:00 PM)

    Best ever short makes good help

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  • Todd Saed (11/28/2017 2:03:00 AM)

    it is spiritually soothing and reassuring

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (10/29/2017 12:11:00 PM)

    What a nice imagery! I can almost see the fog sitting on its hunches. A great poet!

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  • Emily KraussEmily Krauss (11/14/2016 2:16:00 PM)

    I love Carl Sandburg's poem Fog. The poem is short, simple and sweet.

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  • Pietro 6 (1/11/2016 6:05:00 PM)

    A lot of expression in so few words, it's very rare

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/29/2015 1:38:00 AM)

    Superb.................This is how we look at the opportunities of this world...Nice one.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/6/2015 2:00:00 PM)

    . The simple metaphor and imagery in this poem are awesome beyond compare! With six simple lines he sends our imaginations every which way! His metaphor is surprising but so apt- why didn't we think of it? We can feel a lot of different emotions being evoked- praise for its beauty, awe, fear, dread of something in the fog...Just think about the silent way fog creeps in and lies over the streets, just think of what it might muffle- approaching footsteps, something lurking in the white murk, the day becoming mysterious and -

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  • Ann Ross (1/8/2015 12:09:00 PM)

    One of the poems I memorized in4th grade for extra credit

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  • Luke Baldwin (11/17/2009 5:53:00 PM)

    i think that this poem is really a metiphor for how life is and functions. One day the perfect girl comes you hesitate the next thing you know she's gone. Also life in general you come from work and you go to get your daily dose od mcdonalds you swallow and you have a heart attack and die at age thirty two. Your life is gone just like the fog.

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  • Jane Moon (5/15/2009 11:47:00 AM)

    Such gentleness is in this little poem - images of fog creeping in, spreading silence over all, awe and mystery and peace. (For a lifetime, this has been my favorite poem.)

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  • Jacob Royal (2/1/2008 5:50:00 PM)

    Awesome!

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  • H. Chesebit (11/19/2007 3:51:00 PM)

    Indeed I do Jonathan.
    It is a prime example of less being quite enough.

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