Carl Sandburg




The Hangman At Home

What does a hangman think about 
When he goes home at night from work? 
When he sits down with his wife and 
Children for a cup of coffee and a 
Plate of ham and eggs, do they ask 
Him if it was a good day's work 
And everything went well or do they 
Stay off some topics and talk about 
The weather, baseball, politics 
And the comic strips in the papers 
And the movies? Do they look at his 
Hands when he reaches for the coffee 
Or the ham and eggs? If the little 
Ones say, Daddy, play horse, here's 
A rope—does he answer like a joke: 
I seen enough rope for today? 
Or does his face light up like a 
Bonfire of joy and does he say: 
It's a good and dandy world we live 
'In. And if a white face moon looks 
In through a window where a baby girl 
Sleeps and the moon-gleams mix with 
Baby ears and baby hair—the hangman— 
How does he act then? It must be easy 
For him. Anything is easy for a hangman, 
I guess.