Sunsets

(1929)

"Sunsets" is the fifth song of Ruth Crawford Seeger's cycle Five Songs, which sets the poetry of Carl Sandburg.

Sunsets
by Carl Sandburg


There are sunsets that whisper a good-by.
There is a short dusk and a way for stars.
Prairie and sea rim they go level and even
And the sleep is easy.


There are sunsets that dance good-by.
They fling scarves half to the arc,
To the arc then and over the arc.
Ribbons at the ears, sashes at the hips,
Dancing, dancing good-by. And here sleep
Tosses a little with dreams.


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