Walt Whitman: Poems

Walt Whitman: Meeting Again

When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been received with

plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that


And else, when I caroused, or when my plans were accomplished, still I was

not happy.

But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refreshed,

singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,

When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning


When I wandered alone over the beach, and undressing bathed, laughing with

the cool waters, and saw the sunrise,

And when I thought how my dear friend, my lover, was on his way coming, O

then I was happy;

O then each breath tasted sweeter--and all that day my food nourished me

more--and the beautiful day passed well,

And the next came with equal joy--and with the next, at evening, came my


And that night, while all was still, I heard the waters roll slowly

continually up the shores,

I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands, as directed to me,

whispering, to congratulate me;

For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool


In the stillness, in the autumn moonbeams, his face was inclined toward me,

And his arm lay lightly around my breast--and that night I was happy.