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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
60. Testament
 
 
I GIVE the undertakers permission to haul my body
to the graveyard and to lay away all, the head, the
feet, the hands, all: I know there is something left
over they can not put away.
 
Let the nanny goats and the billy goats of the shanty        5
people eat the clover over my grave  and if any yellow
hair or any blue smoke of flowers is good enough to grow
over me  let the dirty-fisted children of the shanty
people pick these flowers.
 
I have had my chance to live with the people who have        10
too much and the people who have too little and I chose
one of the two and I have told no man why.
 

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