Walt Whitman Died for You

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Well, of course, he didn’t, but maybe he left his own “saving gospel.”

“Good in all,

In the satisfaction and aplomb of animals,

In the annual return of the seasons,

In the hilarity of youth,

In the strength and flush of manhood [personhood],

In the grandeur and exquisiteness of old age,

In the superb vistas of death.

Wonderful to depart!

Wonderful to be here!. . . .

To be this incredible God I am!

To have gone forth among other Gods, these men and women I love.”

Song at Sunset

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