Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

I sing of the poet, the optimistic man,


Known to the world of literature as Walt Whitman,


Pioneered the simple and prosaic way,


To express thoughts in words, to say.


 

Well-known for “Song of Myself”, his longest poem,


The gem he was, still remains a gem,


Upheld the value of democracy,


Going ever against all sorts of slavery.


 

He got love from all, he got admiration,


And was duly called the poet of the nation.

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"O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won"
         --Walt Whitman

 

Our ship's arrived,
And we came in
And fought in many
Ugly ways--
Somebody said
The beast within
Will never see
The light of day.

 

But here we are now--
Long time gone--
With sadness
Time our laugh
Replaced--
The crowd roared
With applause--
The captain wore
A double face.

 

The laughter died
And no more
They'll see
Their captain
Rise again--
They've seen black
Presidents, genocide,
But they are yet
To see a man.

 

      August 14, 2014