Famous Nature Poem

“Fog” was part of Carl Sandburg’s first poetry collection, Chicago Poems, published in 1916. Sandburg wrote simply and was known to use the “language of the people.” This poem was no different. He used simple imagery, personification and a metaphor to compare fog to the movement of a cat. Sandburg was inspired to write this poem when he saw the fog roll in to the Chicago harbor.

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My dear neighbor, Nellie, who is in her 80s, asked me, as I am an artist, to paint a picture for her to give to her husband for Christmas. She said he loves the poem "Here Comes the Fog" by...

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Fog

Carl Sandburg By more Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

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  • Kate Cassidy by Kate Cassidy
  • 2 months ago

My dear neighbor, Nellie, who is in her 80s, asked me, as I am an artist, to paint a picture for her to give to her husband for Christmas. She said he loves the poem "Here Comes the Fog" by Carl Sandburg. John is 89 and Nellie said he enjoys singing out the poem once in a while.

I painted a picture of the fog as it rolled into Nellie's back yard through the fall trees. John opened the framed gift and was in tears and lost for words. John said he first learned this poem when he was 8 years old and was proud to this day that he could repeat it word for word.

I hung the picture for John & Nellie so they could see it as they sat in their easy chairs. John said it was so beautiful and meant so much to him that if he couldn't sleep at night, he would come into their sitting room and turn on the light and look at it with fond memories. As an artist, it gave me such joy to touch someone's heart in this special way. John's reaction inspired me to continue to paint for the joy of others.

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