Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Under a Telephone Pole" by Carl Sandburg




UNDER A TELEPHONE POLE

I AM a copper wire slung in the air,
Slim against the sun I make not even a clear line of shadow.
Night and day I keep singing--humming and thrumming:
It is love and war and money; it is the fighting and the
tears, the work and want,
Death and laughter of men and women passing through
me, carrier of your speech,
In the rain and the wet dripping, in the dawn and the
shine drying,
A copper wire.

--Carl Sandburg



18 comments:

Flartus said...

(2nd verse)

Oh, and I also hold up birds.
You're welcome.

:)

Tabor said...

You have reminded me that I must read more Carl Sandburg.

Old Kitty said...

I love that you got the pic of the birdy on the wire too!!

Lovely poem!! Thank you BB, thank you copper wire! Take care
x

Slamdunk said...

Good stuff Betty.

Those visible wires are becoming less visible with the new technology--fading now.

Eva Gallant said...

This time of year we see lots of birds on wires here in New England. I like to think they are making their plans to travel south for the winter.

Eva Gallant said...

This time of year we see lots of birds on wires here in New England. I like to think they are making their plans to travel south for the winter.

Talli Roland said...

Love love LOVE Sandburg! Great photos, too.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Lovely poem this morning, Betty. Thanks! PS...Carl Sandburg's home is about 45 minutes from where I live. It's so beautiful and peaceul in its setting, I can see from where some of his inspiration in poetry came. Happy Tuesday! ☺

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB.
Mom likes Mr. Sandburg...she visited his summer home up in the NC mountains many years ago. Gorgeous setting and very pretty home.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Desiree said...

It was so good to see you'd popped by recently, Betty. Thank you! I've been kept very busy with the three rescue pups we adopted (plus the three other dogs we already owned), that I find it really difficult to make my rounds as frequently as I'd like to. I know your life is busy, too, what with teaching and your family to take care of, but it's good to know you still find the time to leave a thoughtful comment when you can. I do so appreciate it! Hugs xoxo

Pat Tillett said...

Classic Sandburg! Thanks for posting it...

jenny_o said...

Ha ha, Flartus! Just what I was thinking but you put it much better!

jenny_o said...

Betty, love this Sandburg poem, which is new to me. Probably because my only experience with poetry in years has been your blog. Thank you for helping to further my education!

Baby Sister said...

I will never look at a wire the same way. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved the words and picture.

Take care. Betty.
Yvonne.

Ms. A said...

I think my conduction properties must have failed, since my phone hardly rings.

Lydia Kang said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

And also thanks also for the congrats!

faye said...

difficult to get a clear shot in
town.. the wires are everywhere..
but at the least the birds make good
use of them... and even an occasional
squirrel that does a tight walk
across the line.

Happy Tuesday / Wednesday...