Friday, July 28, 2006

On death (Carl Sandburg)

Stars, Songs, Faces

Gather the stars if you wish it so.
Gather the songs and keep them.
Gather the faces of women.
Gather for keeping years and years.
And then . . .

Loosen your hands,
let go and say goodby.
Let the stars and songs go.
Let the faces and years go.
Loosen your hands and say goodbye.

The Junk Man

I am glad God saw Death
And gave Death a job taking care of all who are tired of living:

When all the wheels in a clock are worn and slow and the connections loose
And the clock goes on ticking and telling the wrong time from hour to hour
And people around the house joke about what a bum clock it is,
How glad the clock is when the big Junk Man drives his wagon
Up to the house and puts his arms around the clock and says:

"You don't belong here,
You gotta come
Along with me,"

How glad the clock is then, when it feels the arms of the Junk Man close around it and carry it away.

- Carl Sandburg

"Stars, Songs, Faces" - Hat tip: Something Beautiful
"The Junk Man" from Carl Sandburg Selected Poems


Darlene and Mike said...

You have your mother's smile, Violet...both quite lovely!

violet said...

Darlene - thank you!