poet Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

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A Glimpse


A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught,
Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room, around the stove,
late of a winter night--And I unremark'd seated in a corner;
Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love, silently approaching, and
seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand;
A long while, amid the noises of coming and going--of drinking and
oath and smutty jest,
There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little,
perhaps not a word.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (10/1/2020 12:20:00 AM)

    The feeling of solidarity is given eminence.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/26/2019 9:57:00 PM)

    Happy in being together. Wonderful feeling.

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/11/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    o dear
    look; please look at me
    the dust of dusk is greetings the darkness
    the light of lantern is in the hand of caravan
    everything is visible on your sight
    but I am; an opaque love
    please look at me.....

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 5:10:00 AM)

    Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love, silently approaching, and
    seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand;

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/18/2018 8:19:00 PM)

    interstice- -an interval of time.. So perhaps Whitman was there as an older man and sees himself as a young man.... that is intriguing!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/18/2018 12:00:00 PM)

    A Winter Night! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/18/2018 4:55:00 AM)

    There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little,
    perhaps not a word.......here is the essence of the ooem. Beautifully crafted.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/18/2018 4:30:00 AM)

    So touchingly inscribed. Beautiful poem. I appreciate this poem.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/18/2018 12:55:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Walt Whitman👍👍👍

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (10/28/2016 12:54:00 PM)

    Beautiful write, yet soul within seems to talk in silence when words become wordless.

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (4/18/2015 7:00:00 AM)

    An interesting but endearing write. The pub was noisy but
    two souls was enamored with each other. Good piece.

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  • Konigan BarrutmanKonigan Barrutman (10/3/2014 1:53:00 PM)

    Ah, this is the right joke - all those people sitting in corners. In pubs. They had nothing on Whitman. He would have sat there all night he would. Plenty of inspiration. And then this other figure...proving he really knows how pubs were in those days. To sit out alone, like that.

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  • Surajit Banerjee (5/6/2014 6:58:00 AM)

    A nice example of mute coomunication

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/25/2014 3:40:00 AM)

    Love such a wonderful feeling and poems is very interesting.

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  • Paul Krachtower (4/2/2012 1:56:00 PM)

    One of Whitman's beautiful shorter poems. The master at work!

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  • Kevin Duan (2/9/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    you have a talent for expressing much in your feeling in just a few short sentences

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  • Carlos Echeverria (2/9/2012 10:24:00 AM)

    Whitman's expressing sexual frustration in a beautiful poem.

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  • Juan OlivarezJuan Olivarez (2/9/2011 8:18:00 AM)

    Anastasia Walt Whitman is dead. He has been for over hundred years, I personally did not like Walt Whitmans writings except for a few. Like Captain my Captain, and When Lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed. His poetry to me was too conceited and at the time we studied it in the 60s he just did not measure up to the greats.

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  • Abby Keen/harrisAbby Keen/harris (2/9/2010 6:26:00 PM)

    im not experianced but this poem u wrote is amazing! it is simple but yet expresses some much emotion. Good work!

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  • Analogous To Tower 7: AmeaningAnalogous To Tower 7: Ameaning (2/9/2010 4:35:00 PM)

    Only if America was caught up in the beauty of his graphic portrayal of human affection instead of blindly addicted to sending boys (and now girls) to die in war. Men giving young men their hands in compassion instead of rifles and uniforms and human targets. Too bad his dream isn't the American Dream, too bad.

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