Death Snips Proud Men

Original Text: 
Carl Sandburg, Smoke and Steel (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920), p. 60. PS 3537 A61856 1920 Robarts Library.
2     the governments are men and men die and then
3     death laughs: Now you see 'em, now you don't.
4Death is stronger than all proud men and so death
5     snips proud men on the nose, throws a pair of
6     dice and says: Read 'em and weep.
8     you I'll drop in--and then one day he comes with a
9     master-key and lets himself in and says: We'll
10     go now.
11Death is a nurse mother with big arms: 'Twon't hurt
12     you at all; it's your time now; just need a
13     long sleep, child; what have you had anyhow
14     better than sleep?

Notes

1] snips: cuts down with scissors (cf. Atropos, the fate who cut the thread of men's life). Back to Line
7] radiogram: wireless message. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1920
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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