SHAKE back your hair, O red-headed girl.
Let go your laughter and keep your two proud freckles on your chin.
Somewhere is a man looking for a red-headed girl and some day maybe he will look into your eyes for a restaurant cashier and find a lover, maybe.
Around and around go ten thousand men hunting a red headed girl with two freckles on her chin.
I have seen them hunting, hunting.
Shake back your hair; let go your laughter.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem Red-headed Restaurant Cashier

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  1. Beth says:

    This is my absolute favorite poem in the world. The tone of wonder and amaze is beautiful and quite moving. I love the fact that Sandburg focuses on one seemingly unimportant individual and magnifies her until she occupies the entire universe and her lovely, jovial, lovable prescence is displayed for all the world to see.

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