Chicago Poems

Author: Carl Sandburg  | Date: 1916


I AM riding on a limited express, one of the crack trains

of the nation. Hurtling across the prairie into blue haze and dark air

go fifteen all-steel coaches holding a thousand people. (All the coaches shall be scrap and rust and all the men

and women laughing in the diners and sleepers shall

pass to ashes.) I ask a man in the smoker where he is going and he

answers: "Omaha."


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Chicago: Carl Sandburg, "Limited," Chicago Poems Original Sources, accessed March 29, 2023,

MLA: Sandburg, Carl. "Limited." Chicago Poems, Original Sources. 29 Mar. 2023.

Harvard: Sandburg, C, 'Limited' in Chicago Poems. Original Sources, retrieved 29 March 2023, from