THE pawn-shop man knows hunger,
And how far hunger has eaten the heart
Of one who comes with an old keepsake.
Here are wedding rings and baby bracelets,
Scarf pins and shoe buckles, jeweled garters,
Old-fashioned knives with inlaid handles,
Watches of old gold and silver,
Old coins worn with finger-marks.
They tell stories.
Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
Carl Sandburg was an amazing poet and biographer whose roots lie in the American midwest. He was the winner of the Poetry Society Prize
in 1919 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize
for Poetry, 1951. Street Window
was published in 1918 a collection of twenty one poems titled Cornhuskers
Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner: