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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
110. Young Sea
 
 
THE SEA is never still.
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart,
Hunting.
 
The sea speaks        5
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
        of a rough mother speaking.
 
The sea is young.        10
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless.
 
They love the sea,
Men who ride on it        15
And know they will die
Under the salt of it
 
Let only the young come,
  Says the sea.
 
Let them kiss my face        20
  And hear me.
I am the last word
  And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.
 

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