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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
64. Monosyllabic
 
 
LET me be monosyllabic to-day, O Lord.
Yesterday I loosed a snarl of words on a fool,
        on a child.
To-day, let me be monosyllabic … a crony of old men
        who wash sunlight in their fingers and        5
        enjoy slow-pacing clocks.
 

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