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Calamus 25

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


THE prairie-grass dividing—its own odor breathing, I demand of it the spiritual corresponding, Demand the most copious and close companionship  
 of men,
Demand the blades to rise of words, acts, beings, Those of the open atmosphere, coarse, sunlit, fresh, 
Those that go their own gait, erect, stepping with  
 freedom and command—leading, not following,
Those with a never-quell'd audacity—those with  
 sweet and lusty flesh, clear of taint, choice and  
 chary of its love-power,
Those that look carelessly in the faces of Presidents  
 and Governors, as to say, Who are you?
Those of earth-born passion, simple, never constrained, 
 never obedient,
Those of inland America.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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