My Favorite Poem of All Time (Click above to hear it read by Amy)
Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
For Imaginary Garden With Real Toads
By Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)
from his Chicago Poems, 1916
AMONG the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and red crag and was amazed;
On the beach where the long push under the endless tide maneuvers, I stood silent;
Under the stars on the prairie watching the Dipper slant over the horizon’s grass, I was full of thoughts.
Great men, pageants of war and labor, soldiers and workers, mothers lifting their children—these all I touched, and felt the solemn thrill of them.
And then one day I got a true look at the Poor, millions of the Poor, patient and toiling; more patient than crags, tides, and stars; innumerable, patient as the darkness of night—and all broken, humble ruins of nations.
May 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I love Carl Sandburg, this is one of my favorites.
May 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm
Wow! This is amazing, Amy. The words alone are magnificent but your reading of them, with such emotion and understanding brings such a compassionate dimension. And the mark of true poetry is the timelessness that such a piece has – so relevant for here and now.
Thank you so much for sharing.
May 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Beautiful poem, beautiful reading. Words of truth and compassion never go out of vogue!
May 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Nicely done, Amy.
Patricia A. McGoldrick
May 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm
So glad you shared this one, Amy! Sandburg wrote about Chicago 1916; I wonder what he would write today, almost 100 years later. 🙂
May 8, 2013 at 4:46 am
Lovely reading of a favorite…Thank you for this!
May 8, 2013 at 5:23 am
thanks for linking it in at dVerse as well
sandburg is def a fav…found a very old copy of chicago poems at a bookstore several years ago for a quarter….was pretty amazing…there was also a special done on him last year which i really enjoyed watching…
Jenny Herner (@jennyherner)
May 8, 2013 at 9:14 am
Love this! Thanks for sharing it!
May 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Finally got to listen to this. Quite good!
May 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Wonderful reading, Amelita. You have a lovely voice.
May 9, 2013 at 1:04 am
Excellent reading, Amy. Whatever he chose to write seemed to be the definitive statement of the subject. He’s always moving and instructive. I visited his home near Asheville, NC. It was filled with the spirit of him. A great experience.
May 9, 2013 at 11:57 am
I didn’t know this piece, but I can see why it’s a favorite! I love the bit about “more patient than crags, tides, and stars.” Thanks for sharing this!