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To A Stranger

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




  PASSING stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
  You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me,
  as of a dream,)
  I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
  All is recall'd as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate,
  chaste, matured,
  You grew up with me, were a boy with me, or a girl with me,
  I ate with you, and slept with you--your body has become not yours
  only, nor left my body mine only,
  You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass--you
  take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
  I am not to speak to you--I am to think of you when I sit alone, or
  wake at night alone,
  I am to wait--I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
  I am to see to it that I do not lose you. 10

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