Quotation by Karl Shapiro

Laughter and grief join hands. Always the heart
Clumps in the breast with heavy stride;
The face grows lined and wrinkled like a chart,
The eyes bloodshot with tears and tide.
Let the wind blow, for many a man shall die.
Karl Shapiro (b. 1913), U.S. poet, critic. Nostalgia (l. 21–25). . .

New & Selected Poems, 1940–1986 [Karl Shapiro]. (1987) University of Chicago Press.
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