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A Child Said, What Is The Grass? - Poem by Walt Whitman

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full
How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it
is any more than he.

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful
green stuff woven.

Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped,
Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we
may see and remark, and say Whose?

Or I guess the grass is itself a child. . . .the produced babe
of the vegetation.

Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,
And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow
Growing among black folks as among white,
Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the
same, I receive them the same.

And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves.

Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
It may be you transpire from the breasts of young men,
It may be if I had known them I would have loved them;
It may be you are from old people and from women, and
from offspring taken soon out of their mother's laps,
And here you are the mother's laps.

This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old
Darker than the colorless beards of old men,
Dark to come from under the faint red roofs of mouths.

O I perceive after all so many uttering tongues!
And I perceive they do not come from the roofs of mouths
for nothing.

I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men
and women,
And the hints about old men and mothers, and the offspring
taken soon out of their laps.

What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women and

They are alive and well somewhere;
The smallest sprouts show there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait
at the end to arrest it,
And ceased the moment life appeared.

All goes onward and outward. . . .and nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and

Comments about A Child Said, What Is The Grass? by Walt Whitman

  • Rookie - 0 Points Richard Lewis (9/18/2016 11:04:00 AM)

    A classic from Walt.. Excellente.. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,767 Points Jayne Doe (5/24/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    I absolutely love this poem! It makes me think about how we become so accustomed to the world around us and how someone so young and innocent can cause us to see what is before us in a new light, pushing us to view things with a new perspectives and to appreciate the standard as something more. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mary Tilley (1/5/2016 7:00:00 AM)

    Because Dear Frances...God IS Everything! Without God, there is NO meaning to Life because once the body withers away to dust it came from, the soul must make its journey to where it chose to go while in the body. My prayer for you is that you find GOD in Everything you do because as Solomon once said, "All life is meaningless without God." Blessings (Report) Reply

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Poems About Child

  1. 1. A Child Said, What Is The Grass? , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  3. 3. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Child Development , Billy Collins
  5. 5. Brown And Agile Child , Pablo Neruda
  6. 6. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
  7. 7. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  8. 8. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. 9. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  10. 10. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  11. 11. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
  12. 12. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  14. 14. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  15. 15. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  16. 16. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  17. 17. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  18. 18. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  19. 19. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  20. 20. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  21. 21. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  22. 22. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  23. 23. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  24. 24. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  25. 25. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  26. 26. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  27. 27. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  28. 28. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  29. 29. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  30. 30. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  31. 31. Child , Carl Sandburg
  32. 32. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  33. 33. The Dying Child , John Clare
  34. 34. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  35. 35. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  36. 36. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  37. 37. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  38. 38. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  39. 39. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  40. 40. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  41. 41. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  42. 42. Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child , Katherine Mansfield
  43. 43. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  44. 44. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  45. 45. Child Of A Day , Walter Savage Landor
  46. 46. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  47. 47. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
  48. 48. Epitaph On The Tombstone Of A Child , Aphra Behn
  49. 49. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. Sonnet I: Abused Little Child , Sandra Osborne
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