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Calamus 13

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


CALAMUS taste, (For I must change the strain—these are not to be  
 pensive leaves, but leaves of joy,)
Roots and leaves unlike any but themselves, Scents brought to men and women from the wild  
 woods, and from the pond-side,
Breast-sorrel and pinks of love—fingers that wind  
 around tighter than vines,
Gushes from the throats of birds, hid in the foliage  
 of trees, as the sun is risen,
Breezes of land and love—Breezes set from living  
 shores out to you on the living sea—to you, 
 O sailors!
Frost-mellowed berries, and Third Month twigs, of- 
 fered fresh to young persons wandering out in  
 the fields when the winter breaks up,
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,
  [ begin page 360 ]ppp.01500.368.jpg They are comprised in you just as much as in them- 
 selves—perhaps more than in themselves,
They are not comprised in one season or succession, 
 but many successions,
They have come slowly up out of the earth and me, 
 and are to come slowly up out of you.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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