Walt Whitman

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

To A President



ALL you are doing and saying is to America dangled mirages,
You have not learn'd of Nature--of the politics of Nature, you have
not learn'd the great amplitude, rectitude, impartiality;
You have not seen that only such as they are for These States,
And that what is less than they, must sooner or later lift off from
These States.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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