Red barns and red heifers spot the green grass circles around Omaha -- the farmers haul tanks of cream and wagon loads of cheese. Shale hogbacks across the river at Council Bluffs -- and shanties hang by an eyelash to the hill slants back around Omaha. A span of steel ties up the kin of Iowa and Nebraska across the yellow, big-hoofed Missouri River. Omaha, the roughneck, feeds armies, Eats and swears from a dirty face. Omaha works to get the world a breakfast.
- by Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), "Omaha", appears in Smoke and Steel, first published 1920 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Omaha", c1940-2, published 1942 [low voice and piano], from Six Songs, no. 3, published in the January edition of New Music [text verified 1 time]
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