The People, Yes (section 70) by Carl Sandburg

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The View From the Base of the Horseshoe Falls, c1920 by Ernest Fox
Image Courtesy of Niagara Falls Public Library

The tumblers of the rapids go white, go green,
go changing over the gray, the brown, the rocks,
The fight of the water, the stones,
the fight makes a foam laughter
before the last look over the long slide
down the spread of a sheen in the straight fall.
‡‡‡‡Then the growl, the chutter,
‡‡‡‡down under the boom and the muffle,
‡‡‡‡the hoo hoi deep,
‡‡‡‡the hoo hoi down.
‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡‡this is Niagara.


Source: Carl Sandburg.  The People, Yes.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1936. Section 70

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