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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
46. To Beachey—1912
 
 
RIDING against the east,
A veering, steady shadow
Purrs the motor-call
Of the man-bird
Ready with the death-laughter        5
In his throat
And in his heart always
The love of the big blue beyond.
 
Only a man,
A far fleck of shadow on the east        10
Sitting at ease
With his hands on a wheel
And around him the large gray wings.
Hold him, great soft wings,
Keep and deal kindly, O wings,        15
With the cool, calm shadow at the wheel.
 

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