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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
95. Aztec
 
 
YOU came from the Aztecs
With a copper on your fore-arms
Tawnier than a sunset
Saying good-by to an even river.
 
And I said, you remember,        5
Those fore-arms of yours
Were finer than bronzes
And you were glad.
 
                It was tears
And a path west        10
          and a home-going
          when I asked
Why there were scars of worn gold
Where a man’s ring was fixed once
On your third finger.        15
                And I call you
To come back
          before the days are longer.
 

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