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

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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

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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?