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Crimson Rambler

by Carl Sandburg, 1918

Now that a crimson rambler
     begins to crawl over the house
     of our two lives—

 Now that a red curve
     winds across the shingles—

 Now that hands
     washed in early sunrises
     climb and spill scarlet
     on a white lattice weave—

 Now that a loop of blood
     is written on our roof
     and reaching around a chimney—

 How are the two lives of this house
     to keep strong hands and strong hearts?

Published in Cornhuskers

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