Old Poem Saturday – Sea-Wash by Carl Sandburg


“Sea-Wash” was from Carl Sandburg’s 1920 poetry collection Smoke and Steel. The deserts surrounding Southern California were once the floors of ancient seas and are now oceans of sand. The background photograph is from the Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert – a rare set of “singing” dunes. We did indeed hear them sing while we were there, a booming sound, not unlike fireworks. Drawing, photograph, and composition by me. The look on the Big Horn Sheep’s face was inspired by the look my cat gives me when waiting for his food.

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