Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Poem for Tuesday

Yesterday I was still recovering from all the excitement of having 20,000 or something people crowd into my town of 2,400.  Today we must have a poem.

We may have already read this one and I probably should save it for Labor Day, but since I make up my own rules, here's a little more Walt Whitman.

I Hear America Singing
Walt Whitman

I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck; 
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

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