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2002-03-21

Walt Whitman
B. 5.31.1819 Long Island / 3.26.1892 Camden, New Jersey
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I am the mashed fireman with breastbone broken . . . . tumbling walls buried me in their debris, Heat and smoke I inspired . . . . I heard the yelling shouts of my comrades, I heard the distant click of their picks and shovels; They have cleared the beams away . . . . they tenderly lift me forth.

I lie in the night air in my red shirt . . . . the pervading hush is for my sake, Painless after all I lie, exhausted but not so unhappy, White and beautiful are the faces around me . . . . the heads are bared of their fire-caps, the kneeling crowd fades with the light of the torches. Distant and dead resuscitate, They show as the dial or move as the hands of me . . . . and I am the clock myself.

Quotation from Leaves of Grass, “Song of Myself “ (1855)


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