Walt Whitman

Here you will find the Poem We Two-How Long We Were Fool'd of poet Walt Whitman

We Two-How Long We Were Fool'd

WE two--how long we were fool'd!
 Now transmuted, we swiftly escape, as Nature escapes;
 We are Nature--long have we been absent, but now we return;
 We become plants, leaves, foliage, roots, bark;
 We are bedded in the ground--we are rocks;
 We are oaks--we grow in the openings side by side;
 We browse--we are two among the wild herds, spontaneous as any;
 We are two fishes swimming in the sea together;
 We are what the locust blossoms are--we drop scent around the lanes,
 mornings and evenings;
 We are also the coarse smut of beasts, vegetables, minerals; 10
 We are two predatory hawks--we soar above, and look down;
 We are two resplendent suns--we it is who balance ourselves, orbic
 and stellar--we are as two comets;
 We prowl fang'd and four-footed in the woods--we spring on prey;
 We are two clouds, forenoons and afternoons, driving overhead;
 We are seas mingling--we are two of those cheerful waves, rolling
 over each other, and interwetting each other;
 We are what the atmosphere is, transparent, receptive, pervious,
 We are snow, rain, cold, darkness--we are each product and influence
 of the globe;
 We have circled and circled till we have arrived home again--we two
 We have voided all but freedom, and all but our own joy.