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Carl Sandburg - Halsted Street Car

COME you, cartoonists,
Hang on a strap with me here
At seven o'clock in the morning
On a Halsted street car.

Take your pencils
And draw these faces.

Try with your pencils for these crooked faces,
That pig-sticker in one corner--his mouth--
That overall factory girl--her loose cheeks.

Find for your pencils
A way to mark your memory
Of tired empty faces.

After their night's sleep,
In the moist dawn
And cool daybreak,
Tired of wishes,
Empty of dreams.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 8. Halsted Street Car
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 13th, 2014 at 7:28 AM.
I really look forawr

I really look forawrd to coming to Chicago to see Ms. Keys. She is my female artist role model and I aspire to be able to write like her someday, and hopefully be half as good as she is.

Antond from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 26th, 2004 at 5:39 AM.

I'm not one usually moved by poetry. But I remember not a "car", but a bus route in the 1950's -60's.
Bib overalls were not uncommon. The fragrance of the few remaining slaughterhouses. Just a memory. But a different one than most. It was normal. Thats what people did.

Bert Lile from United States

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