“I Hear America Singing” – Walt Whitman

[Actually what I'm hearing right now is America ka-powing, bombing!  

The good ole boys around here love their fireworks and beer. 

It's a little like Beruit under siege.

Hope the horses don't run through the fences. 

Six dogs in my lap shaking. 

God Bless America! Yeah!

This is a great poem by the ultimate American "Bard." 

Happy 4th! Ka-pow, ka-boom, phssst, bang! Bang!]

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
     singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or
     at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
     the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows,
     robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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9 Responses to “I Hear America Singing” – Walt Whitman

  1. lahowlett says:

    Same here, Margaret! I’m glad my dog isn’t disturbed by the sounds. Happy 4th of July!

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  2. Lucky you! Mine want to climb into my entrails or something, poor things. Things get radical on the 4th in the country. The laws against illegal fireworks aren’t even enforced. The sheriff deputies are all good ole boys themselves. Oh,well. Knew it was comin’ 🙂 POW! KA-BANG!


    • lahowlett says:

      One of my friends reported today that her (rather large) dog was terrified most of last night. Even while wearing his ‘thunder shirt.’ Poor thing. 😦


  3. Hi Margaret! Love Whitman. “Leaves of Grass” is something everyone should read in its entirety. Thanks for posting this and have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi, Jeff! Whitman is terrific, yes. Phrases from so many of his poems are stuck permanently in my brain. “When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed ….” and so on. During his career America had just emerged as a nation worthy of note on the world stage and then the horrific era of the Civil War followed when it seemed to be flying apart. He was so stirred by the great beauty and promise of America. Very moving.


  5. bronxboy55 says:

    I hope the dogs have stopped shaking by now. (Six?)


    • All rescue dogs, yes, and six. I have room for them, live on a farm. And what a merry tail-wagging bunch of “personalities.” I am, however, maxed out in the dog department. If my vet niece (she’s an ASPCA vet) brings me one more “hard case,” I think the county would require me to get a kennel license. Not going there, no!


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