Saturday, April 10, 2010

Poetry Month: Whitman (again).

Since April is National Poetry Month, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite poems and share them with you all.

Like I said in my original poetry post, I have a great fondness for Walt Whitman. While I love many of his longer poems, his short poems also strike deep. Here is another of my favorites "Facing West from California's Shores":
Facing west from California's shores,
Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound,
I, a child, very old, over waves, towards the house of maternity, the land of migrations, look afar,
Look off the shores of my Western sea, the circle almost circled;
For starting westward from Hindustan, from the vales of Kashmere,
From Asia, from the north, from the God, the sage, and the hero,
From the south, from the flowery peninsulas and the spice islands,
Long having wander'd since, round the earth having wander'd,
Now I face home again, very pleas'd and joyous,
(But where is what I started for so long ago? And why is it yet unfound?)

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