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Carl Sandburg - The South Wind Say So

IF the oriole calls like last year
when the south wind sings in the oats,
if the leaves climb and climb on a bean pole
saying over a song learnt from the south wind,
if the crickets send up the same old lessons
found when the south wind keeps on coming,
we will get by, we will keep on coming,
we will get by, we will come along,
we will fix our hearts over,
the south wind says so.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 49. The South Wind Say So
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- V. Mist Forms
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Jul 9 2004

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 15th, 2013 at 10:13 PM.

Susan, I took the liberty of adindg links to some of the references to these poets. Thanks for mentioning. I had forgotten about Kevin Young. Of the ones you mentioned, I am most familiar with his work. He is incredible. I am vaguely familiar with Tracy K. Smith, but not very. I have not heard of the others. Thanks for sharing the list.

Erick from Poland
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 1st, 2006 at 1:46 PM.

I am guessing that the reason no one has chosen to comment on this poem is its simplicity. Sandburg speaks of things that announce the renewal of life and in doing so coveys the knowledge that along with these things of nature come the assurance we too are renewed in our hope of life continuation.

Jim from United States

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