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From Paumanok Starting

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)




  FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird,
  Around and around to soar, to sing the idea of all;
  To the north betaking myself, to sing there arctic songs,
  To Kanada, till I absorb Kanada in myself--to Michigan then,
  To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are
  inimitable;)
  Then to Ohio and Indiana to sing theirs--to Missouri and Kansas and
  Arkansas, to sing theirs,
  To Tennessee and Kentucky--to the Carolinas and Georgia, to sing
  theirs,
  To Texas, and so along up toward California, to roam accepted
  everywhere;
  To sing first, (to the tap of the war-drum, if need be,)
  The idea of all--of the western world, one and inseparable. 10
  And then the song of each member of These States.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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