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Song Of The Open Road

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AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune--I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.

The earth--that is sufficient;
I do not want the constellations any nearer;
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Jane Moon 02 July 2009
This is a love poem: love of his country and freedom to explore, to see its people and all facets of our country's life! Here, Walt Whitman celebrates freedom and the diversity of our country: 'AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.' However, the poem is too long. Only in parts is it lyrical. So, unless carefully read, the message may not be clear.
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