Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Jabberers - Poem by Carl Sandburg

I RISE out of my depths with my language.
You rise out of your depths with your language.

Two tongues from the depths,
Alike only as a yellow cat and a green parrot are alike,
Fling their staccato tantalizations
Into a wildcat jabber
Over a gossamer web of unanswerables.

The second and the third silence,
Even the hundredth silence,
Is better than no silence at all
(Maybe this is a jabber too-are we at it again, you and I?)

I rise out of my depths with my language.
You rise out of your depths with your language.

One thing there is much of; the name men call it by is time; into this gulf our syllabic pronunciamentos empty by the way rockets of fire curve and are gone on the night sky; into this gulf the jabberings go as the shower at a scissors grinder's wheel...


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  • Partha Sarathi Paul (1/27/2014 6:48:00 AM)

    a strong satire with all powerful poetic expressions....intricate symbols incise an alert mind....great write, dear poet. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 27, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, January 27, 2014


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