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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
83. The Answer
 
 
YOU have spoken the answer.
A child searches far sometimes
Into the red dust
            On a dark rose leaf
And so you have gone far        5
            For the answer is:
                        Silence.
 
  In the republic
Of the winking stars
            and spent cataclysms        10
Sure we are it is off there the answer
    is hidden and folded over,
Sleeping in the sun, careless whether
    it is Sunday or any other day of
    the week,        15
 
Knowing silence will bring all one way or another.
 
Have we not seen
Purple of the pansy
        out of the mulch
        and mold        20
        crawl
        into a dusk
        of velvet?
        blur of yellow?
 
Almost we thought from nowhere but it was the silence,        25
        the future,
        working.
 

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