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Carl Sandburg - Chamfort

THERE'S Chamfort. He's a sample.
Locked himself in his library with a gun,
Shot off his nose and shot out his right eye.
And this Chamfort knew how to write
And thousands read his books on how to live,
But he himself didn't know
How to die by force of his own hand--see?
They found him a red pool on the carpet
Cool as an April forenoon,
Talking and talking gay maxims and grim epigrams.
Well, he wore bandages over his nose and right eye,
Drank coffee and chatted many years
With men and women who loved him
Because he laughed and daily dared Death:
"Come and take me."

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 34. Chamfort
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912
Poem of the Day: Mar 31 2003
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