Chicks

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Cornhuskers by Carl Sandburg
Chicks
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CHICKS

The chick in the egg picks at the shell, cracks open one oval world, and enters another oval world.


"Cheep...cheep...cheep" is the salutation of the newcomer, the emigrant, the casual at the gates of the new world.


"Cheep...cheep"...from oval to oval, sunset to sunset, star to star.


It is at the door of this house, this teeny weeny eggshell exit, it is here men say a riddle and jeer each other: who are you? where do you go from here?


(In the academies many books, at the circus many sacks of peanuts, at the club rooms many cigar butts.)


"Cheep...cheep"...from oval to oval, sunset to sunset, star to star.

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The author died in 1967, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.