by Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Buffalo Bill
Language: English 
Boy heart of Johnny Jones -- aching to-day?
Aching, and Buffalo Bill in town?
Buffalo Bill and ponies, cowboys, Indians?
Some of us know
All about it, Johnny Jones.

Buffalo Bill is a slanting look of the eyes,
  A slanting look under a hat on a horse.
He sits on a horse and a passing look is fixed
  On Johnny Jones, you and me, barelegged,
A slanting, passing, careless look under a hat on a horse.

Go clickety-clack, O pony hoofs along the street.
Come on and slant your eyes again, O Buffalo Bill.
Give us again the ache of our boy hearts.
Fill us again with the red love of prairies, dark nights, lonely wagons, 
and the crack-crack of rifles sputtering flashes into an ambush.


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This text was added to the website: 2007-07-07
Line count: 15
Word count: 125