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Walt Whitman - Camps of Green.

NOT alone those camps of white, O soldiers, 
When, as order’d forward, after a long march, 
Footsore and weary, soon as the light lessen’d, we halted for the night; 
Some of us so fatigued, carrying the gun and knapsack, dropping asleep in our tracks; 
Others pitching the little tents, and the fires lit up began to sparkle;
Outposts of pickets posted, surrounding, alert through the dark, 
And a word provided for countersign, careful for safety; 
Till to the call of the drummers at daybreak loudly beating the drums, 
We rose up refresh’d, the night and sleep pass’d over, and resumed our journey, 
Or proceeded to battle.
  
Lo! the camps of the tents of green, 
Which the days of peace keep filling, and the days of war keep filling, 
With a mystic army, (is it too order’d forward? is it too only halting awhile, 
Till night and sleep pass over?) 
  
Now in those camps of green—in their tents dotting the world;
In the parents, children, husbands, wives, in them—in the old and young, 
Sleeping under the sunlight, sleeping under the moonlight, content and silent there at
    last, 
Behold the mighty bivouac-field, and waiting-camp of all, 
Of corps and generals all, and the President over the corps and generals all, 
And of each of us, O soldiers, and of each and all in the ranks we fought,
(There without hatred we shall all meet.) 
  
For presently, O soldiers, we too camp in our place in the bivouac-camps of green; 
But we need not provide for outposts, nor word for the countersign, 
Nor drummer to beat the morning drum.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 3. Camps of Green.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 16. Ashes of Soldiers
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Feb 28 2006

Comment 4 of 4, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 6:02 PM.

This poem rocks!I hate the soppy poems about flowers and winter all that stuff. I like Edgar Allen Poe 'cuz he does some suspense and stuff like that.

Betty Hess from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on February 28th, 2006 at 7:32 PM.

Not a poem I'd even present as a poem.

Ben from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on February 28th, 2006 at 7:29 PM.

I really liked you poem it was great to read. I wish that I could write a poem like you

monica from United States

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