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Carl Sandburg - Baltic Fog Notes

(Bergen)SEVEN days all fog, all mist, and the turbines pounding through high seas.
I was a plaything, a rat’s neck in the teeth of a scuffling mastiff.
Fog and fog and no stars, sun, moon.
Then an afternoon in fjords, low-lying lands scrawled in granite languages on a gray sky,
A night harbor, blue dusk mountain shoulders against a night sky,
And a circle of lights blinking: Ninety thousand people here.
  Among the Wednesday night thousands in goloshes and coats slickered for rain,
  I learned how hungry I was for streets and people.
I would rather be water than anything else.
I saw a drive of salt fog and mist in the North Atlantic and an iceberg dusky as a cloud in the gray of morning.
And I saw the dream pools of fjords in Norway … and the scarf of dancing water on the rocks and over the edges of
mountain shelves.
Bury me in a mountain graveyard in Norway.
Three tongues of water sing around it with snow from the mountains.
Bury me in the North Atlantic.
A fog there from Iceland will be a murmur in gray over me and a long deep wind sob always.
Bury me in an Illinois cornfield.
The blizzards loosen their pipe organ voluntaries in winter stubble and the spring rains and the fall rains bring letters
from the sea.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 14. Baltic Fog Notes
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- VII. Passports
Year: Published/Written in 1922
Poem of the Day: Feb 13 2009

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 4th, 2014 at 5:49 PM.

ilOxzr Very informative article.Thanks Again.

crorkz from Ecuador
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:11 PM.

43XL9Q Very informative blog. Much obliged.

matzcrorkz from France
Comment 1 of 3, added on February 13th, 2009 at 12:15 PM.

The last stanza is so beautiful and moving. I had not read this poem before and am surprised that these lines are not more often quoted or better known. The sound and luminosity are sublime. Perhaps my Illinois roots affect how I relate to this!


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