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Carl Sandburg - Clean Curtains

NEW neighbors came to the corner house at Congress and Green streets.
The look of their clean white curtains was the same as the rim of a nun’s bonnet.
One way was an oyster pail factory, one way they made candy, one way paper boxes, strawboard cartons.
The warehouse trucks shook the dust of the ways loose and the wheels whirled dust—there was dust of hoof and wagon wheel
and rubber tire—dust of police and fire wagons—dust of the winds that circled at midnights and noon listening to no
“O mother, I know the heart of you,” I sang passing the rim of a nun’s bonnet—O white curtains—and
people clean as the prayers of Jesus here in the faded ramshackle at Congress and Green.
Dust and the thundering trucks won—the barrages of the street wheels and the lawless wind took their way—was it
five weeks or six the little mother, the new neighbors, battled and then took away the white prayers in the windows?

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 21. Clean Curtains
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- II. People Who Must
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Oct 11 2013

Comment 1 of 1, added on September 14th, 2009 at 1:15 PM.

I remember this poem from high school. (I'm now almost 80) It helped me throughout life not to give in to my surroundings. In every situation I fought to have "clean curtains"..(good imagery)..and to never give up! .....memorize some bit of verse??????

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