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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
146. Gypsy
 
 
I ASKED a gypsy pal
To imitate an old image
And speak old wisdom.
She drew in her chin,
Made her neck and head        5
The top piece of a Nile obelisk
    and said:
Snatch off the gag from thy mouth, child,
And be free to keep silence.
Tell no man anything for no man listens,        10
Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.
 

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