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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
11. The Walking Man of Rodin
 
 
LEGS hold a torso away from the earth.
And a regular high poem of legs is here.
Powers of bone and cord raise a belly and lungs
Out of ooze and over the loam where eyes look and ears hear
And arms have a chance to hammer and shoot and run motors.        5
        You make us
        Proud of our legs, old man.
 
And you left off the head here,
The skull found always crumbling neighbor of the ankles.
 

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