Despairing Cries

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist.







  DESPAIRING cries float ceaselessly toward me, day and night,
  The sad voice of Death--the call of my nearest lover, putting forth,
  alarmed, uncertain,
  This sea I am quickly to sail, come tell me,
  Come tell me where I am speeding--tell me my destination.

  I understand your anguish, but I cannot help you,
  I approach, hear, behold--the sad mouth, the look out of the eyes,
  your mute inquiry,
  Whither I go from the bed I now recline on, come tell me;
  Old age, alarmed, uncertain--A young woman's voice appealing to me,
  for comfort,
  A young man's voice, Shall I not escape?

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