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Title: Queries to My Seventieth Year

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: May 2, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: per.00122

Source: New York Herald 2 May 1888: 6. Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco

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Queries to My Seventieth Year.1

Approaching, nearing, curious,
Thou dim, uncertain spectre—bringest thou life
or death?
Strength, weakness, blindness, more paralysis
and heavier?
Or placid skies and sun? Wilt stir the waters
Or haply cut me short for good? Or leave me
here as now,
Dull, parrot-like and old with crack'd voice
harping, screeching?
CAMDEN, May 1, 1888.


1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]


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