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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
IX. Haze
8. Rusty Crimson
  
(Chirstmas Day, 1917)


THE FIVE O’CLOCK prairie sunset is a strong man going to sleep after a long day in a cornfield.
  
The red dust of a rusty crimson is fixed with two fingers of lavender. A hook of smoke, a woman’s nose in charcoal and … nothing.
  
The timberline turns in a cover of purple. A grain elevator humps a shoulder. One steel star whisks out a pointed fire. Moonlight comes on the stubble.
  
“Jesus in an Illinois barn early this morning, the baby Jesus … in flannels …”

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