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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
V. Mist Forms
44. Horse Fiddle
  
FIRST I would like to write for you a poem to be shouted in the teeth of a strong wind.
Next I would like to write one for you to sit on a hill and read down the river valley on a late summer afternoon, reading it in less than a whisper to Jack on his soft wire legs learning to stand up and preach, Jack-in-the-pulpit.
As many poems as I have written to the moon and the streaming of the moon spinners of light, so many of the summer moon and the winter moon I would like to shoot along to your ears for nothing, for a laugh, a song,
  for nothing at all,
  for one look from you,        5
  for your face turned away
  and your voice in one clutch
  half way between a tree wind moan
  and a night-bird sob.
Believe nothing of it all, pay me nothing, open your window for the other singers and keep it shut for me.        10
The road I am on is a long road and I can go hungry again like I have gone hungry before.
What else have I done nearly all my life than go hungry and go on singing?
Leave me with the hoot owl.
I have slept in a blanket listening.
He learned it, he must have learned it        15
From two moons, the summer moon,
And the winter moon
And the streaming of the moon spinners of light.

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