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Walt Whitman - We Two—How Long We were Fool’d.

WE two—how long we were fool’d! 
Now transmuted, we swiftly escape, as Nature escapes; 
We are Nature—long have we been absent, but now we return; 
We become plants, leaves, foliage, roots, bark; 
We are bedded in the ground—we are rocks;
We are oaks—we grow in the openings side by side; 
We browse—we are two among the wild herds, spontaneous as any; 
We are two fishes swimming in the sea together; 
We are what the locust blossoms are—we drop scent around the lanes, mornings and
	evenings; 
We are also the coarse smut of beasts, vegetables, minerals;
We are two predatory hawks—we soar above, and look down; 
We are two resplendent suns—we it is who balance ourselves, orbic and stellar—we
	are as two comets; 
We prowl fang’d and four-footed in the woods—we spring on prey; 
We are two clouds, forenoons and afternoons, driving overhead; 
We are seas mingling—we are two of those cheerful waves, rolling over each other, and
	interwetting each other;
We are what the atmosphere is, transparent, receptive, pervious, impervious: 
We are snow, rain, cold, darkness—we are each product and influence of the globe; 
We have circled and circled till we have arrived home again—we two have; 
We have voided all but freedom, and all but our own joy.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 7. We Two—How Long We were Fool’d.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 2. Children of Adam
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Jul 6 2004

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Comment 2 of 4, added on April 12th, 2011 at 4:01 PM.
"We Two"

My fiance and I are considering having this poem included as a reading for our upcoming wedding. I read it as referring to that way of being in the world I have found that somehow transcends everything that went before—a crystalline, heightened awareness of the richness of the world and our potential connectedness to it, of possibilities that I could not even have dreamed of previously, before I knew John. I also find the imagery amazing— I especially love imagining us as two cheerful waves that roll over each other and "interwet" each other. How terrific is that (not to mention erotic)??

Christopher from United States

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