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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
87. Who Am I?
 
 
MY head knocks against the stars.
My feet are on the hilltops.
My finger-tips are in the valleys and shores of universal life.
Down in the sounding foam of primal things I reach my hands and play with pebbles of destiny.
I have been to hell and back many times.        5
I know all about heaven, for I have talked with God.
I dabble in the blood and guts of the terrible.
I know the passionate seizure of beauty
And the marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading “Keep Off.”
 
My name is Truth and I am the most elusive captive in the universe.        10
 

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