Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Gypsy - Poem by Carl Sandburg

I asked a gypsy pal
To imitate an old image
And speak old wisdom.
She drew in her chin,
Made her neck and head
The top piece of a Nile obelisk
and said:
Snatch off the gag from thy mouth, child,
And be free to keep silence.
Tell no man anything for no man listens,
Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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