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Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
Lay me on an anvil, O God,
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me to the central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper through blue nights into white stars.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), an American poet, won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for a four-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, which followed Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years. His second Pulitzer came in 1951 for Complete Poems.