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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Next Child Waits
By Carl Sandburg
 
From “Redhaw Winds”

I KNOW the city waits … the next child waits … there is a great singing Mother.
 
Our earth of a turning ball—who set it swinging? A great Nobody? Who put the People down on the wire-grass wilderness? A great Nobody?
 
I have listened to the tides of the sea trying to spell the word. I have walked under tall trees and heard winter winds trying to write the high sign of it. I have felt the magnet pull of it under the shoes of my feet in the dirt of a prairie road.
 
I know the city waits … the next child waits … there is a great singing Mother.
 
 
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