Carl Sandburg on Gene Kelly

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This morning via Twitter, author Jennifer Niven shared with me the following poem by American poet/author/editor Carl Sandburg. Niven also recalled visiting Gene Kelly in 1983 at his Beverly Hills home while her mother, author Penelope Niven, interviewed him for a biography on Carl Sandburg (the poet and Hollywood star were friends). “Gene was magical,” she tweeted. “So kind and warm and funny and gracious. So real. I fell in love with him and have been in love ever since.”

Lines Written for Gene Kelly to Dance To

Spring is when the grass turns green and glad.
Spring is when the new grass comes up and says, “Hey, hey!
Hey, hey!”
Be dizzy now and turn your head upside down and see how
the world looks upside down.
Be dizzy now and turn a cartwheel, and see the good earth
through a cartwheel.

Tell your feet the alphabet.
Tell your feet the multiplication table.
Tell your feet where to go, and, and watch ‘em go and come back.

Can you dance a question mark?
Can you dance an exclamation point?
Can you dance a couple of commas?
And bring it to a finish with a period?

Can you dance like the wind is pushing you?
Can you dance like you are pushing the wind?
Can you dance with slow wooden heels
and then change to bright and singing silver heels?
Such nice feet, such good feet.
More lines from this poem are featured over at Gene Kelly: Creative Geneius


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