Chicago Poems

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Author: Carl Sandburg  | Date: 1916

HALSTED STREET CAR

COME you, cartoonists,

Hang on a strap with me here

At seven o’clock in the morning

On a Halsted street car.

Take your pencils

And draw these faces. Try with your pencils for these crooked faces, That pig-sticker in one corner--his mouth-- That overall factory girl--her loose cheeks.

Find for your pencils

A way to mark your memory

Of tired empty faces.

After their night’s sleep,

In the moist dawn

And cool daybreak,

Faces

Tired of wishes,

Empty of dreams.

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Chicago: Carl Sandburg, "Halsted Street Car," Chicago Poems Original Sources, accessed August 10, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4W96Z1ETSX6HPJ9.

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