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Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Theme in Yellow


              1I SPOT the hills
              2With yellow balls in autumn.
              3I light the prairie cornfields
              4Orange and tawny gold clusters
              5And I am called pumpkins.
              6On the last of October
              7When dusk is fallen
              8Children join hands
              9And circle round me
            10Singing ghost songs
            11And love to the harvest moon;
            12I am a jack-o'-lantern
            13With terrible teeth
            14And the children know
            15I am fooling.

Notes

12] jack-o'-lantern: pumpkin carved into a face with slits for eyes, nose and mouth and lighted from within for Halloween.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1916), p. 132. PS 3537 A618C5 1916 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1916
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/7

Form: Free Verse


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