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Carl Sandburg - Sleepyheads

SLEEP is a maker of makers. Birds sleep. Feet cling to a perch. Look at the balance. Let the legs loosen, the backbone
untwist, the head go heavy over, the whole works tumbles a done bird off the perch.
  
Fox cubs sleep. The pointed head curls round into hind legs and tail. It is a ball of red hair. It is a muff waiting. A wind
might whisk it in the air across pastures and rivers, a cocoon, a pod of seeds. The snooze of the black nose is in a circle
of red hair.
  
Old men sleep. In chimney corners, in rocking chairs, at wood stoves, steam radiators. They talk and forget and nod and are
out of talk with closed eyes. Forgetting to live. Knowing the time has come useless for them to live. Old eagles and old dogs
run and fly in the dreams.
  
Babies sleep. In flannels the papoose faces, the bambino noses, and dodo, dodo the song of many matushkas. Babies—a leaf
on a tree in the spring sun. A nub of a new thing sucks the sap of a tree in the sun, yes a new thing, a what-is-it? A left
hand stirs, an eyelid twitches, the milk in the belly bubbles and gets to be blood and a left hand and an eyelid. Sleep is a
maker of makers.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 19. Sleepyheads
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- V. Mist Forms
Year: Published/Written in 1922
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