Poet: Carl Sandburg
Dates: 6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967
Title of Poem: Adelaide Crapsey
Among the bumble-bees in red-top hay, a freckled field of brown-eyed Susans dripping yellow leaves in July,
I read your heart in a book.
And your mouth of blue pansy—I know somewhere I have seen it rain-shattered.
And I have seen a woman with her head flung between her naked knees, and her head held there listening to the sea, the great naked sea shouldering a load of salt.
And the blue pansy mouth sang to the sea:
Mother of God, I’m so little a thing,
Let me sing longer,
Only a little longer.
And the sea shouldered its salt in long gray combers hauling new shapes on the beach sand.
Brief Biography: Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for poetry and one for his biography on Abraham Lincoln. He is the only poet to have addressed a joint-session of Congress. As a civil activist Sandburg was the first white man to be honoured by the NCAAP.