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Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878. His parents,...
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Back Yard

 
by Carl Sandburg

Shine on, O moon of summer.  
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,  
All silver under your rain to-night.  
  
An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an accordion.  
A Polish boy is out with his best girl; they marry next month;
     to-night they are throwing you kisses.
  
An old man next door is dreaming over a sheen that sits in a
     cherry tree in his back yard.  
  
The clocks say I must go—I stay here sitting on the back porch drinking
     white thoughts you rain down.  
  
     Shine on, O moon,  
Shake out more and more silver changes. 






From The Chicago Poems (Henry Holt and Company, 1916) by Carl Sandburg.
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