Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

A Hand-Mirror



HOLD it up sternly! See this it sends back! (Who is it? Is it you?)
Outside fair costume--within ashes and filth,
No more a flashing eye--no more a sonorous voice or springy step;
Now some slave's eye, voice, hands, step,
A drunkard's breath, unwholesome eater's face, venerealee's flesh,
Lungs rotting away piecemeal, stomach sour and cankerous,
Joints rheumatic, bowels clogged with abomination,
Blood circulating dark and poisonous streams,
Words babble, hearing and touch callous,
No brain, no heart left--no magnetism of sex; 10
Such, from one look in this looking-glass ere you go hence,
Such a result so soon--and from such a beginning!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
11 person liked.
1 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: dark, mirror, heart

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Hand-Mirror by Walt Whitman )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 5 comments »

New Poems

  1. Epitaph To a Dog, George Gordon Byron
  2. THE LAST LEAF OF AUTUMN, Philo Yan
  3. Hidden Me, Elia Michael
  4. Simple rose, hasmukh amathalal
  5. black ghettoes, oskar hansen
  6. Towards Air Which Is So Free, Rohit Sapra
  7. Midnight Blue, Charles Hancock
  8. Villanelle: Even childhood teenage nurtu.., T (no first name) Wignesan
  9. Conversation between Two Dead Bodies, Md. Ziaul Haque
  10. This World is Full of Beauty, Gerald Massey

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

"Come, pretty birds, present your lays,
And learn to chaunt a goddess praise;
Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be
Employ'd to serve her deity:
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. "Hope" is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  9. " To His Fairest Valentine Mrs. A. L., Richard Lovelace
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]