Walt Whitman

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

To A Stranger - Poem by Walt Whitman

PASSING stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me,
as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall'd as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate,
chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me, or a girl with me,
I ate with you, and slept with you- your body has become not yours
only, nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass- you
take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you- I am to think of you when I sit alone, or
wake at night alone,
I am to wait- I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you. 10

Topic(s) of this poem: love

Comments about To A Stranger by Walt Whitman

  • Gold Star - 16,174 Points Bharati Nayak (11/3/2015 9:41:00 PM)

    'Stranger ' does not refer to any particular person.This is the feeling of love or love itself.A feeling of highest degree where mortal body thins into non-existence and merges with the feeling.That feeling is ever new, ever beautiful. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,412 Points Sofia Kioroglou (7/30/2015 7:47:00 AM)

    An exquisite piece! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,689 Points Herbert Guitang (7/12/2015 3:35:00 AM)

    a great and masterpiece work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Tarlochansingh Lochi (7/12/2015 2:48:00 AM)

    this is a very simple and passionate poem written by the master poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,400 Points Edgar Stevens (6/10/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    this is one of the best love poems ever... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, November 21, 2014

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