Walt Whitman

Here you will find the Poem I Was Looking A Long While of poet Walt Whitman

I Was Looking A Long While

I WAS looking a long while for a clue to the history of the past for
 myself, and for these chants--and now I have found it;
 It is not in those paged fables in the libraries, (them I neither
 accept nor reject;)
 It is no more in the legends than in all else;
 It is in the present--it is this earth to-day;
 It is in Democracy--(the purport and aim of all the past;)
 It is the life of one man or one woman to-day--the average man of
 It is in languages, social customs, literatures, arts;
 It is in the broad show of artificial things, ships, machinery,
 politics, creeds, modern improvements, and the interchange of
 All for the average man of to-day.