I Think I Could Turn...

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd; I stand and look at them long and long; They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth;
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd; I stand and look at them long and long; They do not sweat and whine about their condition; They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins; They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth; - by Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Last Reviewed: Jan 3, 2017
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