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Walt Whitman - Ox Tamer, The.

IN a faraway northern county, in the placid, pastoral region, 
Lives my farmer friend, the theme of my recitative, a famous Tamer of Oxen: 
There they bring him the three-year-olds and the four-year-olds, to break them; 
He will take the wildest steer in the world, and break him and tame him; 
He will go, fearless, without any whip, where the young bullock chafes up and down the
    yard;
The bullock’s head tosses restless high in the air, with raging eyes; 
Yet, see you! how soon his rage subsides—how soon this Tamer tames him: 
See you! on the farms hereabout, a hundred oxen, young and old—and he is the man who
    has
	tamed them; 
They all know him—all are affectionate to him; 
See you! some are such beautiful animals—so lofty looking!
Some are buff color’d—some mottled—one has a white line running along his
	back—some are brindled, 
Some have wide flaring horns (a good sign)—See you! the bright hides; 
See, the two with stars on their foreheads—See, the round bodies and broad backs; 
See, how straight and square they stand on their legs—See, what fine, sagacious eyes;
    
See, how they watch their Tamer—they wish him near them—how they turn to look
    after
	him!
What yearning expression! how uneasy they are when he moves away from them: 
—Now I marvel what it can be he appears to them, (books, politics, poems
    depart—all
	else departs;) 
I confess I envy only his fascination—my silent, illiterate friend, 
Whom a hundred oxen love, there in his life on farms, 
In the northern county far, in the placid, pastoral region.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 43. Ox Tamer, The.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 20. Leaves of Grass
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Apr 11 2007

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 26th, 2009 at 2:02 PM.

I happily comment and wonder why no one has done this yet -
This is the year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac -
Maybe they appreciate nature more and their faithful helpers in toiling the soil, carting the loads, delivering even in death so much that can be used -
The meat, the hide, the horn, the bone -
So different from the crushed and compacted mountains of waste of cars -
So different in faithfulness, loyalty and pursuit of work - literally through thick and thin
Maybe the Chinese have not forgotten the true friends of man
the animals - and amongst them one of the most useful ones -
the OX


PS
Send it out to Asian friends for New Year's greetings in the Year of the OX

Nothing to waste not li

Phillips from United Kingdom

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