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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
II. People Who Must
27. Man, the Man-Hunter
  
I SAW Man, the man-hunter,
Hunting with a torch in one hand
And a kerosene can in the other,
Hunting with guns, ropes, shackles.
  
  I listened        5
  And the high cry rang,
The high cry of Man, the man-hunter:
We’ll get you yet, you sbxyzch!
  
  I listened later.
  The high cry rang:        10
Kill him! kill him! the sbxyzch!
  
In the morning the sun saw
Two butts of something, a smoking rump,
And a warning in charred wood:
  
        Well, we got him,        15
        the sbxyzch.

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