Leaves of Grass (1881-82)
ROOTS AND LEAVES THEMSELVES ALONE.
|ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these,
|Scents brought to men and women from the wild woods and
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|Breast-sorrel and pinks of love, fingers that wind around tighter
|Gushes from the throats of birds hid in the foliage of trees as the
sun is risen,
|Breezes of land and love set from living shores to you on the living
sea, to you O sailors!
|Frost-mellow'd berries and Third-month twigs offer'd fresh to
young persons wandering out in the fields when the winter
|Love-buds put before you and within you whoever you are,
|Buds to be unfolded on the old terms,
|If you bring the warmth of the sun to them they will open and
bring form, color, perfume, to you,
|If you become the aliment and the wet they will become flowers,
fruits, tall branches and trees.