Among the Red Guns

Carl Sandburg 1878 (Galesburg) – 1967 (Flat Rock)



Among the red guns,
In the hearts of soldiers
Running free blood
In the long, long campaign:
Dreams go on.

Among the leather saddles,
In the heads of soldiers
Heavy in the wracks and kills
Of all straight fighting:
Dreams go on.

Among the hot muzzles,
In the hands of soldiers
Brought from flesh-folds of women--
Soft amid the blood and crying--
In all your hearts and heads
Among the guns and saddles and muzzles:

Dreams,
Dreams go on,
Out of the dead on their backs,
Broken and no use any more:
Dreams of the way and the end go on.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 13, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxxB caxdB caxdxc xBxxb
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 521
Words 103
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 6, 5

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