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Carl Sandburg - Prayers of Steel

LAY me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
 
Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper through blue nights into white stars.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 2. Prayers of Steel
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Leather Leggings
Year: Published/Written in 1918

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Comment 3 of 5, added on January 10th, 2009 at 5:59 PM.

I also sang this in a choir in high school. It expressed my own desires so clearly that I have never forgotten it and finally had to search it out 10 years later. The symbolism really draws me in, it is powerful.

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