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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
III. Broken-Face Gargoyles
8. Old-fashioned Requited Love
  
I HAVE ransacked the encyclopedias
And slid my fingers among topics and titles
Looking for you.
  
And the answer comes slow.
There seems to be no answer.        5
  
I shall ask the next banana peddler the who and the why of it.
  
Or—the iceman with his iron tongs gripping a clear cube in summer sunlight—maybe he will know.

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