Walt Whitman: Poems

Drum Taps: The Flag

Bathed in war's perfume--delicate flag!

O to hear you call the sailors and the soldiers! flag like a beautiful


O to hear the tramp, tramp, of a million answering men! O the ships they

arm with joy!

O to see you leap and beckon from the tall masts of ships!

O to see you peering down on the sailors on the decks!

Flag like the eyes of women.