Halsted Street Car

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



Come you, cartoonists,
Hang on a strap with me here
At seven o’clock in the morning
On a Halsted street car.

Take your pencils
And draw these faces.

Try with your pencils for these crooked faces,
That pig-sticker in one corner—his mouth—
That overall factory girl—her loose cheeks.

Find for your pencils
A way to mark your memory
Of tired empty faces.

After their night’s sleep,
In the moist dawn
And cool daybreak,
Faces
Tired of wishes,
Empty of dreams.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 14, 2023

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Scheme XXXX AB BXX AXB XXXBXX
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Words 82
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 2, 3, 3, 6

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