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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
125. Docks
 
 
STROLLING along
By the teeming docks,
I watch the ships put out.
Black ships that heave and lunge
And move like mastodons        5
Arising from lethargic sleep.
 
The fathomed harbor
Calls them not nor dares
Them to a strain of action,
But outward, on and outward,        10
Sounding low-reverberating calls,
Shaggy in the half-lit distance,
They pass the pointed headland,
View the wide, far-lifting wilderness
And leap with cumulative speed        15
To test the challenge of the sea.
 
Plunging,
Doggedly onward plunging,
Into salt and mist and foam and sun.
 

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