Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Fog - Poem by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

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


Comments about Fog by Carl Sandburg

  • (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. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/16/2018 4:04:00 PM)


    what does fog and this animal have in common (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (3/20/2018 12:14:00 PM)


    Best ever short makes good help (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2017 2:03:00 AM)


    it is spiritually soothing and reassuring (Report) Reply

  • Ruta 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! (Report) Reply

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

    Fog By Carl Sandburg
    I love Carl Sandburg's poem Fog. The poem is short, simple and sweet. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2016 6:05:00 PM)


    A lot of expression in so few words, it's very rare (Report) Reply

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


    Superb.................This is how we look at the opportunities of this world...Nice one. (Report) Reply

  • Susan 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 - (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2015 12:09:00 PM)


    One of the poems I memorized in4th grade for extra credit (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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.) (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2008 5:50:00 PM)


    Awesome! (Report) Reply

  • (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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  • (12/3/2005 1:50:00 PM)


    Awesome Poem! Anybody else agree? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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