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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
93. Joy
 
 
  LET a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.        5
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs        10
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere—
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.        15
 

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