Walt Whitman

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

O Tan-faced Prairie Boy



O TAN-FACED prairie-boy!
Before you came to camp, came many a welcome gift;
Praises and presents came, and nourishing food--till at last, among
the recruits,
You came, taciturn, with nothing to give--we but look'd on each
other,
When lo! more than all the gifts of the world, you gave me.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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