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Carl Sandburg - The Mist

I AM the mist, the impalpable mist,
Back of the thing you seek.
My arms are long,
Long as the reach of time and space.

Some toil and toil, believing,
Looking now and again on my face,
Catching a vital, olden glory.

But no one passes me,
I tangle and snare them all.
I am the cause of the Sphinx,
The voiceless, baffled, patient Sphinx.

I was at the first of things,
I will be at the last.
I am the primal mist
And no man passes me;
My long impalpable arms
Bar them all.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 20. The Mist
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 1st, 2005 at 8:36 AM.

What ideas or insights does the poem offer?

Matt Romdenne from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 1st, 2005 at 8:32 AM.

You should add the main idea to the info on the poem!

matt romdenne from United States

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