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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
8. Halsted Street Car
 
 
      COME you, cartoonists,
      Hang on a strap with me here
      At seven o’clock in the morning
      On a Halsted street car.
 
            Take your pencils        5
            And draw these faces.
 
Try with your pencils for these crooked faces,
That pig-sticker in one corner—his mouth—
That overall factory girl—her loose cheeks.
 
            Find for your pencils        10
            A way to mark your memory
            Of tired empty faces.
 
            After their night’s sleep,
            In the moist dawn
            And cool daybreak,        15
              Faces
            Tired of wishes,
            Empty of dreams.
 

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