Dust of the Road*


Carl Sandburg
by Carl Sandburg
I SHALL foot it
Down the roadway in the dusk,
Where shapes of hunger wander
And the fugitives of pain go by.
I shall foot it
In the silence of the morning,
See the night slur into dawn,
Hear the slow great winds arise
Where tall trees flank the way
And shoulder toward the sky.

The broken boulders by the road
Shall not commemorate my ruin.
Regret shall be the gravel under foot.
I shall watch for
Slim birds swift of wing
That go where wind and ranks of thunder
Drive the wild processionals of rain.

The dust of the traveled road
Shall touch my hands and face.

*I was reading a lot of Sandburg a year ago and posted this then. I’m looking back over the year on this cloudy Sunday, and thought to share this again, since I’m still trying to “foot it in the silence of the morning…” 

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2 Replies to “Dust of the Road*”

  1. Reblogged this on Being Southern Somewhere Else and commented:
    I think there’s been too much emphasis on original content in my life lately. I love it with writers tell me what moves them deeply, and share the work of those who’ve gone before. It means something to me, to see the footprints an author hopes to walk in, and follow to a point that rests beyond the far horizon.

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