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Carl Sandburg - Bath

A MAN saw the whole world as a grinning skull and
cross-bones. The rose flesh of life shriveled from all
faces. Nothing counts. Everything is a fake. Dust to
dust and ashes to ashes and then an old darkness and a
useless silence. So he saw it all. Then he went to a
Mischa Elman concert. Two hours waves of sound beat
on his eardrums. Music washed something or other
inside him. Music broke down and rebuilt something or
other in his head and heart. He joined in five encores
for the young Russian Jew with the fiddle. When he
got outside his heels hit the sidewalk a new way. He
was the same man in the same world as before. Only
there was a singing fire and a climb of roses everlastingly
over the world he looked on.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 49. Bath
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Chicago Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1912
Poem of the Day: Jun 28 2002

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 4th, 2009 at 5:28 AM.

Having heard Mischa Elman on recordings, I can
easily understand the new life imparted to a
jaded, despondent human being. His music was filled
with life, love and sometimes pathos, a palette of
musical colors and vibrant vitality. The words of
Sandburg have been preserved on Mischa Elman's
grave stone.

Gysler from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on January 18th, 2007 at 3:24 PM.

I thought that this poem was a great example of how daily events can change how you look at life.

Ruth from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on January 6th, 2005 at 6:21 PM.

I thjought that this poem was great even though i really didnt undestand because im 9 years old but i still liked it because i am doing a report on Carol Sandburg

Beatrice from United States

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