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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
127. Waiting
 
 
TODAY I will let the old boat stand
Where the sweep of the harbor tide comes in
To the pulse of a far, deep-steady sway.
And I will rest and dream and sit on the deck
    Watching the world go by        5
And take my pay for many hard days gone I remember.
 
I will choose what clouds I like
In the great white fleets that wander the blue
As I lie on my back or loaf at the rail.
And I will listen as the veering winds kiss me and fold me        10
And put on my brow the touch of the world’s great will.
 
Daybreak will hear the heart of the boat beat,
  Engine throb and piston play
In the quiver and leap at call of life.
To-morrow we move in the gaps and heights        15
On changing floors of unlevel seas
And no man shall stop us and no man follow
For ours is the quest of an unknown shore
And we are husky and lusty and shouting-gay.
 

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