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Carl Sandburg - Early Moon

THE BABY moon, a canoe, a silver papoose canoe, sails and sails in the Indian west.
A ring of silver foxes, a mist of silver foxes, sit and sit around the Indian moon.
One yellow star for a runner, and rows of blue stars for more runners, keep a line of watchers.
O foxes, baby moon, runners, you are the panel of memory, fire-white writing to-night of the Red Man’s dreams.
Who squats, legs crossed and arms folded, matching its look against the moon-face, the star-faces, of the West?
Who are the Mississippi Valley ghosts, of copper foreheads, riding wiry ponies in the night?—no bridles, love-arms on
the pony necks, riding in the night a long old trail?
Why do they always come back when the silver foxes sit around the early moon, a silver papoose, in the Indian west?

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 4. Early Moon
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Cornhuskers
Year: Published/Written in 1918
Poem of the Day: Jul 28 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on October 7th, 2008 at 6:35 PM.

This poem is set in the front page of a famous anthology of "American Indian Poetry" published in 1918, edited by George W.Cronyn; which I beleive is the first poetry book of the Native American published for the market.

WATANABE Shinji from Japan

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