Walt Whitman

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

As If A Phantom Caress'd Me



AS if a phantom caress'd me,
I thought I was not alone, walking here by the shore;
But the one I thought was with me, as now I walk by the shore--the
one I loved, that caress'd me,
As I lean and look through the glimmering light--that one has utterly
disappear'd,
And those appear that are hateful to me, and mock me.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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