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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
23. Chicago Poet
 
 
I SALUTED a nobody.
I saw him in a looking-glass.
He smiled—so did I.
He crumpled the skin on his forehead,
  frowning—so did I.        5
Everything I did he did.
I said, “Hello, I know you.”
And I was a liar to say so.
 
Ah, this looking-glass man!
Liar, fool, dreamer, play-actor,        10
Soldier, dusty drinker of dust—
Ah! he will go with me
Down the dark stairway
When nobody else is looking,
When everybody else is gone.        15
 
He locks his elbow in mine,
I lose all—but not him.
 

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