Poetry Review: “Stars, Songs, and Faces” by Carl Sandburg

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In the mornings, Sue and I go walking before heading to work. This time of year at 5:15am, it is still quite dark and the sky, when it is not overcast, is bright with stars. Here is a small poem about stars… and much more.

Enjoy!

STARS, SONGS, AND FACES
by Carl Sandburg

Gather the stars if you wish it so. 
Gather the songs and keep them. 
Gather the faces of women. 
Gather for keeping years and years. 
And then . . . 
Loosen your hands, let go and say goodby. 
Let the stars and songs go. 
Let the faces and years go. 
Loosen your hands and say goodbye

 

Listening with a pencil and my ear, these are the lines I marked:

Let the stars and songs go. 
Let the faces and years go. 
Loosen your hands and say goodbye. 

 

Sandburg, maybe more than any poet I know, is the master of the small poem. A few lines of compressed language that “explode” with meaning… Haiku Americana. 
 

 

 

 

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