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    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

    I Hear America Singing

    Damion reminded me that today's Whitman's birthday! Don't forget: reading Whitman is a patriotic act!


    I Hear America Singing
    by Walt Whitman


    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
    The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
    singing on the steamboat deck,
    The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
    The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
    at noon intermission or at sundown,
    The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
    the girl sewing or washing,
    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day--at night the party of young fellows,
    robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.


    From Academy of American Poets.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger damion said...

    GOD I love him so much! Love him like I love no other poet. Sometimes his words really make me tear up, and I can't think of any other poet that makes me feel that way.

    And I couldn't agree more with your statement that it is our patriotic duty to read Whitman!!!!

    3:05 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I share your passion and was so pleased that you reminded me it was the special day.

    You're the go-to blogger for obscure queer holidays - danke!

    10:48 AM  

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