Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Supplement ~ Sandburg on People

Carl Sandburg's natal chart can be viewed HERE. He's a blend of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces: common-sense intellectual with a love of humanity and boundless creativity. His astrology comes through well in these two pieces. The first, an excerpt from a 300-page long poem which also contains the well-remebered line: "Someday they'll give a war and nobody will come."

Excerpt from a long poem,
THE PEOPLE, YES by Carl Sandburg.

The people know the salt of the sea
and the strength of the winds
lashing the corners of the earth.
The people take the earth
as a tomb of rest and a cradle of hope.
Who else speaks for the Family of Man?
They are in tune and step
with constellations of universal law.
The people is a polychrome,
a spectrum and a prism
held in a moving monolith,
a console organ of changing themes,
a clavilux of color poems
wherein the sea offers fog
and the fog moves off in rain
and the labrador sunset shortens
to a nocturne of clear stars
serene over the shot spray
of northern lights.

The steel mill sky is alive.
The fire breaks white and zigzag
shot on a gun-metal gloaming.
Man is a long time coming.
Man will yet win.
Brother may yet line up with brother:

This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers.
There are men who can't be bought.
The fireborn are at home in fire.
The stars make no noise,
You can't hinder the wind from blowing.
Time is a great teacher.
Who can live without hope?

In the darkness with a great bundle of grief
the people march.
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people march:
"Where to? What next?"

MASSES by Carl Sandburg

Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and red crag and was amazed;

On the beach where the long push under the endless tide maneuvers, I stood silent;

Under the stars on the prairie watching the Dipper slant over the horizon’s grass, I was full of thoughts.

Great men, pageants of war and labor, soldiers and workers, mothers lifting their children—these all I touched, and felt the solemn thrill of them.

And then one day I got a true look at the Poor, millions of the Poor, patient and toiling; more patient than crags, tides, and stars; innumerable, patient as the darkness of night—and all broken, humble ruins of nations.


Wisewebwoman said...

The last segment never fails to make me weep, T. It is extraordinarily written. I've tried to analyze it as to construct, read it aloud, etc.
It is one of the most spellbinding pieces I've ever seen.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ I agree. Carl Sandburg was an extraorinarily affecting writer - and a man after my own heart. I wish, wish, wish he was still around.