THE BUFFALOES are gone.
And those who saw the buffaloes are gone.
Those who saw the buffaloes by thousands and how they pawed the prairie sod into dust with their hoofs, their great heads down pawing on in a great pageant of dusk,
Those who saw the buffaloes are gone.
And the buffaloes are gone. 5

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  1. Mark Tulk Bright Moon says:

    This short poem, almost as short as “Haiku”, reveals Sandburg’s knowledge of the subject, his depth of feeling, and (being written in 1922) is obviously a “lament”, for the great loss of the American Bison.
    Actually, this poem is not far from Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”, is it??
    An un-biased, outside observer (say, an extra-terrestrial) would be well-founded in concluding that the human race is a “cancer” upon this planet…
    -Mark Tulk Bright Moon
    Lansing, Michigan,
    18 OCT 05

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