Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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Souvenirs Of Democracy

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THE business man, the acquirer vast,
After assiduous years, surveying results, preparing for departure,
Devises houses and lands to his children--bequeaths stocks, goods--
funds for a school or hospital,
Leaves money to certain companions to buy tokens, souvenirs of gems
and gold;
Parceling out with care--And then, to prevent all cavil,
His name to his testament formally signs.
But I, my life surveying,
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Jane Moon 02 July 2009
Ah, yes, Walt Whitman: What you have left us is your legacy of poems written and celebrated, whose worth is far greater than that of the wealthy businessman who left his money as his legacy. What you have left is your love of our country and its people, your hopes for our future, your writings which are your very essence! All this we treasure, and we (who are people you never knew) thank you.
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