AS I walk these broad, majestic days of peace,
(For the war, the struggle of blood finishd, wherein, O terrific Ideal!
Against vast odds, having gloriously won,
Now thou stridest onyet perhaps in time toward denser wars,
Perhaps to engage in time in still more dreadful contests, dangers,
Longer campaigns and crises, labors beyond all others;
As I walk solitary, unattended,
Around me I hear that eclat of the worldpolitics, produce,
The announcements of recognized thingsscience,
The approved growth of cities, and the spread of inventions.
I see the ships, (they will last a few years,)
The vast factories, with their foremen and workmen,
And here the indorsement of all, and do not object to it.
But I too announce solid things;
Science, ships, politics, cities, factories, are not nothingI watch them,
Like a grand procession, to music of distant bugles, pouring, triumphantly movingand
grander heaving in sight;
They stand for realitiesall is as it should be.
Then my realities;
What else is so real as mine?
Libertad, and the divine averageFreedom to every slave on the face of the earth,
The rapt promises and luminé of seersthe spiritual worldthese centuries
And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid announcements of any.
For we support all, fuse all,
After the rest is done and gone, we remain;
There is no final reliance but upon us;
Democracy rests finally upon us (I, my brethren, begin it,)
And our visions sweep through eternity.