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Carl Sandburg - Personality

Musings of a Police Reporter in the Identification Bureau

YOU have loved forty women, but you have only one thumb.
You have led a hundred secret lives, but you mark only
one thumb.
You go round the world and fight in a thousand wars and
win all the world's honors, but when you come back
home the print of the one thumb your mother gave
you is the same print of thumb you had in the old
home when your mother kissed you and said good-by.
Out of the whirling womb of time come millions of men
and their feet crowd the earth and they cut one anothers'
throats for room to stand and among them all
are not two thumbs alike.
Somewhere is a Great God of Thumbs who can tell the
inside story of this.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 31. Personality
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 4th, 2014 at 5:28 PM.

qBRHfT A big thank you for your article.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

matzcrorkz from Palestine
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 3rd, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

kjbmyT A round of applause for your blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

matzcrorkz from Senegal
Comment 1 of 3, added on January 18th, 2007 at 3:28 PM.

this poem is so cool, because it made me relize that the one thing that we have of our own is our finger prints. and basically thats allwe have, after the moneys gone, and ur wife or husban left you, and the kids grown up, all u have left is ur finger prints. They'll never leave u.

christina from United States

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