Earth

Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!
Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees!
Earth of departed sunset – earth of the mountains misty-topt!
Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with
blue!
Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river!
Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for
my sake!
Far-swooping elbow’d earth – rich apple-blossom’d earth!
Smile, for your lover comes.

Prodigal, you have given me love – therefore I to you give
love!
O unspeakable passionate love.

-Walt Whitman “Song of Myself”

(Image from NASA)

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