Cornhuskers
Carl Sandburg
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CHICKS

THE chick in the egg picks at the shell , cracks open one oval world, and enters another oval world.
"Cheep … cheep… cheep" is the salutation of the newcomer, the emigrant, the casual at the gates of the new world.
" Cheep… cheep"… from oval to oval, sunset to sunset, star to star.
It is at the door of this house, this teeny weeny eggshell exit, it is here men say a riddle and jeer each other: who are you? where do you go from here?
In the academies many books, at the circus many sacks of peanuts, at the club rooms many cigar butts.)
" Cheep … cheep"… from oval to oval, sunset to sunset, star to star.