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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
V. Mist Forms
27. How Yesterday Looked
  
THE HIGH horses of the sea broke their white riders
On the walls that held and counted the hours
The wind lasted.
  
Two landbirds looked on and the north and the east
Looked on and the wind poured cups of foam        5
And the evening began.
  
The old men in the shanties looked on and lit their
Pipes and the young men spoke of the girls
For a wild night like this.
  
The south and the west looked on and the moon came        10
When the wind went down and the sea was sorry
And the singing slow.
  
Ask how the sunset looked between the wind going
Down and the moon coming up and I would struggle
To tell the how of it.        15
  
I give you fire here, I give you water, I give you
The wind that blew them across and across,
The scooping, mixing wind.

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