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Carl Sandburg - Mag

I WISH to God I never saw you, Mag.
I wish you never quit your job and came along with me.
I wish we never bought a license and a white dress
For you to get married in the day we ran off to a minister
And told him we would love each other and take care of
each other
Always and always long as the sun and the rain lasts anywhere.
Yes, I'm wishing now you lived somewhere away from here
And I was a bum on the bumpers a thousand miles away
dead broke.
I wish the kids had never come
And rent and coal and clothes to pay for
And a grocery man calling for cash,
Every day cash for beans and prunes.
I wish to God I never saw you, Mag.
I wish to God the kids had never come.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 23. Mag
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912
Poem of the Day: Oct 16 2000

Comment 4 of 4, added on June 9th, 2010 at 12:43 PM.

Carl Sandburg's wife was Lillian Steichen - he called her Paula. This poem can't be about Carl Sandburg's own marriage.

Reb from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on May 12th, 2007 at 7:54 PM.

When I think of marriage, I think of this poem.

Heather from France
Comment 2 of 4, added on March 29th, 2007 at 3:59 PM.

To me, this poem is the lament of a very tired, hardworking man. Life is hard - he has many bills to pay and he struggles to support his wife & children. Right now he feels as if he were failing as a husband & father. Perhaps, indeed, it would have been better if he had not met Mag, and if the children had not come.

Liz from United States

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