Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Joy - Poem by Carl Sandburg

Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere--
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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