Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Last Answers - Poem by Carl Sandburg

I wrote a poem on the mist
And a woman asked me what I meant by it.
I had thought till then only of the beauty of the mist,
how pearl and gray of it mix and reel,
And change the drab shanties with lighted lamps at evening
into points of mystery quivering with color.

I answered:
The whole world was mist once long ago and some day
it will all go back to mist,
Our skulls and lungs are more water than bone and tissue
And all poets love dust and mist because all the last answers
Go running back to dust and mist.


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  • (12/3/2015 6:36:00 AM)


    If you pause and think about what has been written in this poem, it is very profound indeed. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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