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Carl Sandburg was one of the greatest of American writers and poets. He describes the hardscrabble nature of Chicago in his poem of the same name, referencing the City of the Big Shoulders and assailing critics who only care to see crime, poverty, and moral decay. Sandburg responds:

Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth,
half-naked, sweating, proud to be the Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler of the Nation.

Long an avid admirer of artistic beauty, I have only recently embarked on the process of creating art. It is a passion, indeed, and one that provides nourishment for the soul.

Thank you very much for the visit, and I hope you enjoy the final product as much as I have enjoyed the creative process.

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work Brian!

  • Hi Sheryl, thanks so much for the feedback!

    – Brian Gaynor

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much!

    – Brian Gaynor

  • Esther  Moliné
    Esther Molinéalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Esther!

    – Brian Gaynor

  • Caryl Perry
    Caryl Perryalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful image


    March 2012

    Bevlea & Carole

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

    – Brian Gaynor

  • monaiman
    monaimanover 2 years ago

    Fabulous shot Brian

  • Mona, thank you so much!

    – Brian Gaynor

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