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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Cornhuskers.  1918.
 
80. Fire Dreams
 
(Written to be read aloud, if so be, Thanksgiving Day)
 
 
I REMEMBER here by the fire,
In the flickering reds and saffrons,
They came in a ramshackle tub,
Pilgrims in tall hats,
Pilgrims of iron jaws,        5
Drifting by weeks on beaten seas,
And the random chapters say
They were glad and sang to God.
 
And so
Since the iron-jawed men sat down        10
And said, “Thanks, O God,”
For life and soup and a little less
Than a hobo handout to-day,
Since gray winds blew gray patterns of sleet on Plymouth Rock,
Since the iron-jawed men sang “Thanks, O God,”        15
You and I, O Child of the West,
Remember more than ever
November and the hunter’s moon,
November and the yellow-spotted hills.
 
And so        20
In the name of the iron-jawed men
I will stand up and say yes till the finish is come and gone.
God of all broken hearts, empty hands, sleeping soldiers,
God of all star-flung beaches of night sky,
I and my love-child stand up together to-day and sing: “Thanks, O God.”        25
 

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