AMONG the bumble-bees in red-top hay, a freckled field of brown-eyed Susans dripping yellow leaves in July,
I read your heart in a book.

And your mouth of blue pansy—I know somewhere I have seen it rain-shattered.

And I have seen a woman with her head flung between her naked knees, and her head held there listening to the sea, the great naked sea shouldering a load of salt.

And the blue pansy mouth sang to the sea:
Mother of God, I’m so little a thing,
Let me sing longer,
Only a little longer.

And the sea shouldered its salt in long gray combers hauling new shapes on the beach sand.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem Adelaide Crapsey


  1. Michael Sinclair says:

    This has been for many years my favourite poem; and after all this time I still tear up when I visit the cemetery at Saranac Lake, which Adelaide overlooked as she wrote some of her poetry.

  2. Cassidy says:

    I love this poem. It is absolutely beautiful, especially when you consider the actual woman Adelaide Crapsey and the respect Sandburg had for her and her work.

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