The past is a bucket of ashes.
(Four Preludes On Playthings Of The Wind)
More Quotes from Carl Sandburg:I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
A liar is a liar and lives on the lies he tells and dies in a life of lies.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read only with a dictionary to help.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.
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