BROTHER, I am fire
Surging under the ocean floor.
I shall never meet you, brother–
Not for years, anyhow;
Maybe thousands of years, brother.
Then I will warm you,
Hold you close, wrap you in circles,
Use you and change you–
Maybe thousands of years, brother.
Where the moon slants and wavers.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem Kin


  1. KAY says:

    I really like this poem but i have no idea what it means!!!!

    • Eva Morgan says:

      I believe it’s about the continuity of life….from the perspective of fire, the first element to ever be harnessed by early man. It’s incredibly evocative…haunting and yet comforting. So it goes…

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