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Carl Sandburg - Red-headed Restaurant Cashier

SHAKE back your hair, O red-headed girl.
Let go your laughter and keep your two proud freckles on your chin.
Somewhere is a man looking for a red-headed girl and some day maybe he will look into your eyes for a restaurant cashier and
find a lover, maybe.
Around and around go ten thousand men hunting a red headed girl with two freckles on her chin.
I have seen them hunting, hunting.
  Shake back your hair; let go your laughter.

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Red-headed Restaurant Cashier - Comments and Information

Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 19. Red-headed Restaurant Cashier
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- II. People Who Must
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Oct 17 2005

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 20th, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

I love this poem! it gives me hope in some way, even though i am not that red-headed girl. That somewhere is my dream man; And not to worry because someday he will find me or you.

Adriana Cutiva from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on November 21st, 2005 at 9:59 AM.

This is my absolute favorite poem in the world. The tone of wonder and amaze is beautiful and quite moving. I love the fact that Sandburg focuses on one seemingly unimportant individual and magnifies her until she occupies the entire universe and her lovely, jovial, lovable prescence is displayed for all the world to see.

Beth from United States

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