Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1889 Valentine

Traubel quotes Whitman
saying one sensible thing
after another for three volumes
over a six month period
but no one was listening
the plutocracy has as much reason
for being as poverty -- and perhaps
when we get rid of the one
we will get rid of the other
there is the Christ-like Walt
sacrificing his body for ‘the boys’
the vagabond and the nurse
but wasn’t he the first
in this ‘democratic’ country
to praise real love
wherever it occurs

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