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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

  • Gold Star - 208,503 Points Robert Murray Smith (4/17/2017 1:25:00 AM)

    A fine poem dug out of grass, (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 27,923 Points Tom Allport (1/8/2017 5:56:00 AM)

    a poem full of questions and intrigue, brilliento? (Report) Reply

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

    A classic from Walt.. Excellente.. (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. Brown And Agile Child , Pablo Neruda
  5. 5. Child Development , Billy Collins
  6. 6. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
  7. 7. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  8. 8. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9. 9. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. 10. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  11. 11. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  12. 12. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  14. 14. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  15. 15. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  16. 16. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  17. 17. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  20. 20. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  21. 21. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  23. 23. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  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. Child , Carl Sandburg
  27. 27. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  28. 28. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  29. 29. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  30. 30. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  31. 31. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  32. 32. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  33. 33. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  34. 34. The Dying Child , John Clare
  35. 35. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  36. 36. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  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. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
  42. 42. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  43. 43. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  44. 44. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  45. 45. To The Illegitimate Child , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  46. 46. Child Of A Day , Walter Savage Landor
  47. 47. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  48. 48. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  49. 49. Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child , Katherine Mansfield
  50. 50. Only Child (Children) , C.J. Heck
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