Carl Sandburg wrote that poetry is a theorem of a yellow-silk handkerchief knotted with riddles sealed in a balloon tied to the tail of a kite flying in a white wind against a blue sky in spring.
Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer prizes.
A Father To His Son
A father sees his son nearing manhood.
What shall he tell that son?
"Life is hard; be steel; be a rock."
And this might stand him for the storms
and serve him for humdrum monotony
and guide him among sudden betrayals
and tighten him for slack…