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POEM: On the Beach at Night Alone by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

     Another poem, this time from #10, from the Penguin Classics 80th Anniversary collection.
    This is the title poem from the booklet; On the Beach at Night Alone by Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

                      On the Beach at Night Alone

   On the Beach at Night Alone,
   As the old mother sways her to and fro singing her husky
   As I watch the bright stars shining, I think a thought of the
        clef of the universes and of the future.

   A vast similitude interlocks all,
   All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons,
   All distances of place however wide,
   All distances of time, all inanimate forms,
   All souls, all living bodies though they be ever so different,
        or in different worlds,
   All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes, the
        fishes, the brutes,
   All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages,
   All identities that have existed or may exist on this globe,
       or any globe,
   All lives and deaths, all of the past, present, future,
   This vast similitude spans them, and always has spann'd,
   And shall forever span them and compactly hold and
       enclose them.

    Goddess watch over us all,


    Kerk TehKek
Tags: penguin classics, poetry, walt whitman
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