"When I Heard at the Close of Day"
by Walt Whitman
from Leaves of Grass (1892)
About three weeks ago, I dedicated my first Transcendentalist blog post to Thoreau and Walden. Today it's Walt Whitman and his marvelous poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Originally published in 1855 with only twelve unnamed poems, Whitman intended for the book to be small enough to carry in one's pocket. It was expanded by Whitman about eight times during his lifetime until the final "deathbed" edition, published in 1892 two months before his death, which contains nearly 400 poems. Nestled among this hefty volume of poetry is this beautiful expression of love ... I hope one day to feel this again.