I Sing the Body Electric

January 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I was reading Walt Whitman yesterday, and I came across this rather lovely passage in “I Sing the body Electric.” You can read the entire poem here.

 
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I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
  
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,  
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,  
To pass among them, or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round his or her neck for a moment—what is this, then?  
I do not ask any more delight—I swim in it, as in a sea.  
  
There is something in staying close to men and women, and looking on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well;   
All things please the soul—but these please the soul well.  
  
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