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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Road and the End
By Carl Sandburg
 
From “Chicago Poems”

I SHALL foot it
Down the roadway in the dusk,
Where shapes of hunger wander
And the fugitives of pain go by.
 
I shall foot it        5
In the silence of the morning,
See the night slur into dawn,
Hear the slow great winds arise
Where tall trees flank the way
And shoulder toward the sky.        10
 
The broken boulders by the road
Shall not commemorate my ruin.
Regret shall be the gravel under foot.
I shall watch for
Slim birds swift of wing        15
That go where wind and ranks of thunder
Dive the wild processionals of rain.
 
The dust of the travelled road
Shall touch my hands and face.
 
 
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