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Carl Sandburg

Hummingbird Woman
by Carl Sandburg
from Smoke and Steel  [1916, Harcourt, Brace & Howe]


Why should I be wondering
How you would look in black velvet and yellow?
                    in orange and green?
I who cannot remember whether it was a dash of blue
Or a whirr of red under your willow throat–
Why do I wonder how you would look in hummingbird feathers?


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