Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
   Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people, Laughing!
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.
— Carl Sandburg
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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I hadn't come across that Carl Sandberg poem, Alan. Thanks for sharing it. Chicago will come to life again.

Apr 28, 2020 07:28 AM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great poem, the energy in it is amazing, and I really felt the passion.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 28, 2020 07:37 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Alan May - I watched the video on YouTube. Thank you for sharing that Carl Sandburg poem as well as the video. I do know Chicago and recognized many of the landmarks.  But it was eerie seeing Buckingham Fountain with no water.  (Never been there in winter.)

My husband's family is from Chicago and I heard about all the stories from 3 generations before me during family visits.  The story that is burned into my head took place in 1920. My husband's grandmother was pregnant (at 15) and was walking back from the corner market and heard the sound of Tommy guns on the block. She ran up 3 flights of stairs to hide!  Oh, did I mention they were/are Italian! Chicago Bean Reflection

Apr 28, 2020 09:10 AM #3
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

interesting that the video is blocked here but plays on youtube.  Cool poem. the empty baseball stadium is making many in my family very sad in GA

Apr 28, 2020 02:35 PM #4
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Alan May  I lived in Chicago in the past and had good memories. Chicago has very interesting history. 

Apr 28, 2020 04:50 PM #5
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Hi Alan, Thanks for sharing Chicago with us - through the eyes of Carl Sandburg and the eyes of current residents.  Changing...

Apr 28, 2020 07:09 PM #6
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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I saw a man, he danced with his wife in Chicago...

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