Put those party hats on and let the celebration begin!
Today, May 31st, 2014 marks Whitman’s 195th birthday!
Poets To Come
Poets to come! Orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known,
Arouse! For just must justify me.
I myself but write one or two indicative word for the future,
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.
I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.
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