Chicago Poet

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Cornhuskers by Carl Sandburg
Chicago Poet
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CHICAGO POET

I saluted a nobody.

I saw him in a looking-glass.

He smiled—so did I.

He crumpled the skin on his forehead, frowning—so did I.

Everything I did he did.

I said, "Hello, I know you."

And I was a liar to say so.


Ah, this looking-glass man!

Liar, fool, dreamer, play-actor,

Soldier, dusty drinker of dust—

Ah! he will go with me

Down the dark stairway

When nobody else is looking,

When everybody else is gone.


He locks his elbow in mine,

I lose all—but not him.

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