Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I AM THE PEOPLE, THE MOB - A Poem by Carl Sandburg. Dedicated To All Those At Occupy Chicago


by Carl Sandburg

I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.

Do you know that all the great work of the world is
     done through me?

I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
     world's food and clothes.

I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
     come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
     then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.

I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
     for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
     I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
     I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
     makes me work and give up what I have. And I

Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
     drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.

When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
     People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
     forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
     a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
     say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
     sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.

The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then.

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Jennifer said...

Deep. We do forget too often.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Jennifer:

Yes, as individuals and as a people we have forgotten much.

Thanks for stopping by and kind regards,

✾ ✿ FRANCE ❀ said...

Merci de ton passage sur mon blog et bonne journée

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

La même chose pour vous.


Mathew Naismith said...

Yes, very true, I am Sophie Scholl,the mob, a person gangsta the persecution of all of man kind.