by Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Beat, old heart
Language: English 
Beat, old heart, these are the old bars 
All strugglers have beat against. 
Beat on these bars like the old sea 
Beats on the rocks and beaches. 
Beat here like the old winter winds 
Beat on the prairies and timbers. 
Old grizzlies, eagles, buffalo, 
Their paws and beaks register this. 
Their hides and heads say it with scars.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-08-16
Line count: 9
Word count: 58