Anti-Gun from Beyond the Grave

Carl Sandburg, American poet

Carl Sandburg, American poet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a poem just discovered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, famous and deceased poet Carl Sandburg speaks out from beyond the grave on a very relevant subject: guns.

Honestly, it’s almost as if Sandburg wrote the poem today. And the English major within impels me to share it with others.

So here you are: “Revolver” by the great and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg.

Here is a revolver.

It has an amazing language all its own.

It delivers unmistakable ultimatums.

It is the last word.

A simple, little human forefinger can tell a terrible story with it.

Hunger, fear, revenge, robbery hide behind it.

It is the claw of the jungle made quick and powerful.

It is the club of the savage turned to magnificent precision.

It is more rapid than any judge or court of law.

It is less subtle and treacherous than any one lawyer or ten.

When it has spoken, the case can not be appealed to the supreme court, nor any mandamus nor any injunction nor any stay of execution come in and interfere with the original purpose.

And nothing in human philosophy persists more strangely than the old belief that God is always on the side of those who have the most revolvers.

Not hard to see where he stood on gun control, is it?

Thank you, Mr. Sandburg. I literally could not have said it better myself.

Posted on January 28, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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