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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
32. Cumulatives
 
 
STORMS have beaten on this point of land
And ships gone to wreck here
        and the passers-by remember it
        with talk on the deck at night
        as they near it.        5
 
Fists have beaten on the face of this old prize-fighter
And his battles have held the sporting pages
        and on the street they indicate him with their
        right fore-finger as one who once wore
        a championship belt.        10
 
A hundred stories have been published and a thousand rumored
About why this tall dark man has divorced two beautiful young women
And married a third who resembles the first two
        and they shake their heads and say, “There he goes,”
        when he passes by in sunny weather or in rain        15
        along the city streets.
 

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