Treasure Island

Walt Whitman

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

The Last Invocation


At the last, tenderly,

From the walls of the powerful fortress'd house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks--with a whisper,
Set open the doors O soul.

Tenderly--be not impatient,
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh,
Strong is your hold O love.)

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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