Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

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From The Shore


A lone gray bird,
Dim-dipping, far-flying,
Alone in the shadows and grandeurs and tumults
Of night and the sea
And the stars and storms.

Out over the darkness it wavers and hovers,
Out into the gloom it swings and batters,
Out into the wind and the rain and the vast,
Out into the pit of a great black world,
Where fogs are at battle, sky-driven, sea-blown,
Love of mist and rapture of flight,
Glories of chance and hazards of death
On its eager and palpitant wings.

Out into the deep of the great dark world,
Beyond the long borders where foam and drift
Of the sundering waves are lost and gone
On the tides that plunge and rear and crumble.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, October 04, 2011

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  • John S (10/20/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    He chose nice descriptive words:
    Alone in the shadows and grandeurs and tumults, rapture of flight, eager and palpitant wings
    The only thing that really, really bothers me about modern poetry is that the poets don't rhyme. That's just personal preference. I think a poem flows so much better when the lines rhyme. This poem got a 6.2 with 75 votes. With his beautiful, descriptive words if he'd have made this rhyme I think the score would be much higher! What do modern poets have against rhyming anyway? ? (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (10/20/2013 7:54:00 AM)

    Magnificent imagery; painted complete scene of chance, love, death, eagerness...
    Wonderful! (Report) Reply

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