Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Monosyllabic - Poem by Carl Sandburg

Let me be monosyllabic to-day, O Lord.
Yesterday I loosed a snarl of words on a fool, on a child.
To-day, let me be monosyllabic . . . . a crony of old men who wash sunlight in their fingers and enjoy slow-pacing clocks.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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