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Carl Sandburg

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,
Tired of wishes,
Empty of dreams.




Sandburg, Carl. Chicago Poems. New York, N.Y.: Henry Holt, 1916.