Poetry Friday: Carl Sandburg

Posted by Sherry on 1/5/2007 in 1916, 20th Century History Project, General, Poets and poetry |

Tomorrow, January 6th, is Carl Sandburg’s birthday. So I thought today would be a good Friday to post something by and about Sandburg. I’ve already posted my favorite Sandburg poem, Arithmetic, here. I found this poem tonight:

“Joy” (1916) by Carl Sandburg

Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere–
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.

I like those last two lines.


  • Ariel says:

    I like the last two lines as well. Little deaths, like little victories, should probably be avoided.

    BTW, I was looking for an email address to extend a blog-related invitation to you, but didn’t see one. Would you mind sending me a note?

  • Ryan says:

    That last line is somewhat haunting.What do you think are examples of “little deaths”

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