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Carl Sandburg - Gypsy

I ASKED a gypsy pal
To imitate an old image
And speak old wisdom.
She drew in her chin,
Made her neck and head
The top piece of a Nile obelisk
and said:
Snatch off the gag from thy mouth, child,
And be free to keep silence.
Tell no man anything for no man listens,
Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 23. Gypsy
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: May 27 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 18th, 2007 at 3:29 PM.

This poem was intriguing. It was mysterious yet told the truth. Gypsy sounds so old time but I like the way they talk about the Gypsy. I love the saying "Tell no man anything for no man listens." It tells a lot about how Carl thought.

Stephanie from United States

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