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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
X. Panels
6. Never Born
  
THE TIME has gone by.
The child is dead.
The child was never even born.
Why go on? Why so much as begin?
How can we turn the clock back now        5
And not laugh at each other
As ashes laugh at ashes?

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