Carl Sandburg
Death Snips Proud Men (1920)


Death is stronger than all the governments because


the governments are men and men die and then


death laughs: Now you see 'em, now you don't.




Death is stronger than all proud men and so death


snips proud men on the nose, throws a pair of


dice and says: Read 'em and weep.




Death sends a radiogram every day: When I want


you I'll drop in--and then one day he comes with a


master-key and lets himself in and says: We'll


go now.




Death is a nurse mother with big arms: 'Twon't hurt


you at all; it's your time now; just need a


long sleep, child; what have you had anyhow


better than sleep?