Thursday, May 5, 2016

From Whitman's "A Woman Waits for Me"

I draw you close to me, you women!             
I cannot let you go, I would do you good,     
I am for you, and you are for me, not only for our own sake, but for others’ sakes;           
Envelop’d in you sleep greater heroes and bards,        
They refuse to awake at the touch of any man but me.               25
It is I, you women—I make my way,            
I am stern, acrid, large, undissuadable—but I love you,            
I do not hurt you any more than is necessary for you,               
I pour the stuff to start sons and daughters fit for These States—I press with slow rude muscle,      
I brace myself effectually—I listen to no entreaties,     30
I dare not withdraw till I deposit what has so long accumulated within me.          
Through you I drain the pent-up rivers of myself,       
In you I wrap a thousand onward years,       
On you I graft the grafts of the best-beloved of me and America,           
The drops I distil upon you shall grow fierce and athletic girls, new artists, musicians, and singers,     35
The babes I beget upon you are to beget babes in their turn,    
I shall demand perfect men and women out of my love-spendings,       
I shall expect them to interpenetrate with others, as I and you interpenetrate now,             
I shall count on the fruits of the gushing showers of them, as I count on the fruits of the gushing showers I give now,

I shall look for loving crops from the birth, life, death, immortality, I plant so lovingly now.

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