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Never Born

by Carl Sandburg, 1920

The time has gone by.
 The child is dead.
 The child was never even born.
 Why go on? Why so much as begin?
 How can we turn the clock back now
 And not laugh at each other
 As ashes laugh at ashes?

Published in Smoke and Steel

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