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Carl Sandburg - Old Woman

THE owl-car clatters along, dogged by the echo
From building and battered paving-stone.
The headlight scoffs at the mist,
And fixes its yellow rays in the cold slow rain;
Against a pane I press my forehead
And drowsily look on the walls and sidewalks.

The headlight finds the way
And life is gone from the wet and the welter--
Only an old woman, bloated, disheveled and bleared.
Far-wandered waif of other days,
Huddles for sleep in a doorway,
Homeless.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 10. Old Woman
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Jun 8 2005

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 26th, 2009 at 11:54 AM.

Wow. This poem speaks to me on so many levels. This poem helped me stay alive through all my times of needs.

Steve from United States

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