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Carl Sandburg - Alley Rats

THEY were calling certain styles of whiskers by the name of “lilacs.”
And another manner of beard assumed in their chatter a verbal guise
Of “mutton chops,” “galways,” “feather dusters.”
Metaphors such as these sprang from their lips while other street cries
Sprang from sparrows finding scattered oats among interstices of the curb.
Ah-hah these metaphors—and Ah-hah these boys—among the police they were known
As the Dirty Dozen and their names took the front pages of newspapers
And two of them croaked on the same day at a “necktie party” … if we employ the metaphors of their lips.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 2. Alley Rats
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- II. People Who Must
Year: Published/Written in 1922

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 9th, 2005 at 11:44 AM.

this poem is about metaphors I NEED A POEM W/METAPHORS IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

paris from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 2, added on May 18th, 2005 at 6:24 PM.


lui from Canada

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