Literary Birthday: Carl Sandburg

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Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet and would have turned 139 today.  Sandburg was best known for his poetry and his Pulitzer-Prize winning biography about Abraham Lincoln. In fact, he is noted for his great interest in Lincolniana, which is believed to have originated during his childhood while growing up in Illinois. He’s also known for his work towards helping contemporary literature grow. Below is one of his poems.

 

Under the Harvest Moon

 Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

     Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

 “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”

Carl Sandburg

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