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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
IV. Playthings of the Wind
21. Pencils
  
  PENCILS
telling where the wind comes from
  open a story.
  
  Pencils
telling where the wind goes        5
  end a story.
  
These eager pencils
come to a stop
.. only .. when the stars high over
come to a stop.        10
  
Out of cabalistic to-morrows
come cryptic babies calling life
a strong and a lovely thing.
I have seen neither these
nor the stars high over        15
come to a stop.
Neither these nor the sea horses
running with the clocks of the moon.
Nor even a shooting star
snatching a pencil of fire        20
writing a curve of gold and white.
Like you .. I counted the shooting stars of a winter
night and my head was dizzy with all
of them calling one by one:
  
        Look for us again.        25

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