A Child's Amaze Poem by Walt Whitman

A Child's Amaze

Rating: 2.9

SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his
As contending against some being or influence.

Claudia Krizay 05 May 2011

Sounds like a sentence out of some trashy novel.

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Manolo Del Toro 05 May 2011

what i gather from this is that claudia reads trashy novels.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 05 May 2011

So strong the power of words, so brilliant the construction with limited words, I can't think the very writing of past days, it confronts the time today when religious leaders leading the community to fought against the people of different religion. It is truth that sometimes common devoted people are being used by some people who dressed themselves by the name of almighty but some dark bossing tendency still exist under their veil to dominate the others. And domination always seeks some lame excuses to be accepted by others by the name of higher authority...may it be by the name of political doctrine or by the name of God. After all, a very good choice by the PH when the globe facing a yellow story of erasing the controversial abscond terrorist leader of a particular religious community.

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Dhivya Thiyagarajan 05 May 2012

It is a nice poem. The words are so powerful in it

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Ramesh T A 05 May 2010

There are so many better poems by Walt Whitman than the one above!

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021

from the silent heart of boy God writes the future father!

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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 09 November 2018

So great thought.....I remembered my childhood....so nice......

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Britte Ninad 11 June 2018

I am amazed; silent prayer. Just praying I am; asking nothing. God is before me. But I am not before GOD! obscurity touches the Sunday light; Sunday heart; Sunday holy Verses! I am praying and forgetting what I am asking. Still I am asking nothing. Behind me a darkness and before the obscurity. On the stalk of rose I am less of honey......

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Mohit Katyal 08 November 2017

🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 hats off

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Vincent Feliciano 23 December 2016

Am I mistaken? The way I first interpreted that last line sends to suggest he thought the preacher would always imply God was contending against some being or influence...was he, the child, by his innocence, able to see the preacher apostasize while the rest of the congregation couldn't see or hear the duplicity? I know I'm over thinking it but I just wanted to know if anyone else was seeing it this way too...

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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

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