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Poem of the Day--Carl Sandburg

By John Published: April 19, 2011

Honkey Tonk in Cleveland, Ohio

It's a jazz affair, drum crashes and cornet razzes.
The trombone pony neighs and the tuba jackass snorts.
The banjo tickles and titters too awful.
The chippies talk about the funnies in the papers.
     The cartoonists weep in their beer.
     Ship riveters talk with their feet
     To the feet of floozies under the tables.
A quartet of white hopes mourn with interspersed snickers:
     "I got the blues.
     I got the blues.
     I got the blues."
And . . . as we said earlier:
     The cartoonists weep in their beer.

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