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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
85. Under
 
 
I

I AM the undertow
Washing tides of power
Battering the pillars
Under your things of high law.
 
II

I am a sleepless
        5
Slowfaring eater,
Maker of rust and rot
In your bastioned fastenings,
Caissons deep.
 
III

I am the Law
        10
Older than you
And your builders proud.
 
I am deaf
In all days
Whether you        15
Say “Yes” or “No”.
 
I am the crumbler:
  To-morrow.
 

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