Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"Leaves Of Grass"


Poets to come ! orators, singers, musicians to come !
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than
          before known,
Arouse ! for you must justify me.

I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a
         casual look upon you and then averts his face
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.


Delaware Township, New Jersey, on my way to the studio, June 2012

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