“A Clear Midnight”

This is the hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death and the stars.

–Walt Whitman, published in Inside Poetry (2nd ed.) by Richard Davies & Jerry Wowk; the first edition was the most used, most popular senior high English poetry book in Canada during the ’80s and ’90s

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