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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Naked Stranger
By Carl Sandburg
 
IT is five months off.
Knit, stitch, and hemstitch:
Sheets, bags, towels, these are the offerings.
When he is older, or she is a big girl,
There may be flowers or ribbons or money        5
For birthday offerings. Now, however,
We must remember it is a naked stranger
Coming to us; and the sheath of the arrival
Is so soft we must be ready, and soft too.
 
Knit, stitch, hemstitch, it is only five months.
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
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It would be easy to pick a lucky star for this baby
If a choice of two stars lay before our eyes—
One a pearl-gold star and one pearl-silver—
And the offer of a chance to pick a lucky star.
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
When the high hour comes        15
Let there be a light flurry of snow,
A little zigzag of white spots
    Against the gray roofs.
The snow-born all understand this as a luck-wish.
 
 
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