"Omaha" is the third song in Ernst Bacon's song collection Six Songs.

Photo: Carl Sandburg, 1955, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cph 3c15064


by Carl Sandburg

Red barns and red heiffers spot the green
grass circles around Omaha--the farmers
haul tanks of cream and wagon-loads of cheese.

Shale hogbacks across the river at Council
Bluffs--and shanties hang by an eyelash to
the hill slants back around Omaha.

A span of steel ties up the kin of Iowa and
Nebraska across the yellow, big-hoofed Missouri River.

Omaha, the roughneck, feeds armies,
Eats and swears from a dirty face.
Omaha works to get the world a breakfast.

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