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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
26. Adelaide Crapsey
 
 
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:        5
        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.
 

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