Prayers of Steel
by Carl Sandburg
Lay me on an anvil; O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
Lay me on an anvil, God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper
through blue nights
into white stars.
Composer(s): Ruth Crawford Seeger
Song(s): 1. Rat Riddles
2. Prayers of Steel
3. In Tall Grass