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A Woman Waits For Me Analysis



Author: poem of Walt Whitman Type: poem Views: 54

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A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking,

Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of the

   right man were lacking.



Sex contains all, bodies, souls,

Meanings, proofs, purities, delicacies, results, promulgations,

Songs, commands, health, pride, the maternal mystery, the seminal

   milk,

All hopes, benefactions, bestowals, all the passions, loves,

   beauties, delights of the earth,

All the governments, judges, gods, follow'd persons of the earth,

These are contain'd in sex as parts of itself and justifications of

   itself.



Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of

   his sex,

Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.



Now I will dismiss myself from impassive women,

I will go stay with her who waits for me, and with those women that

   are warm-blooded and sufficient for me,

I see that they understand me and do not deny me,

I see that they are worthy of me, I will be the robust husband of

   those women.



They are not one jot less than I am,

They are tann'd in the face by shining suns and blowing winds,

Their flesh has the old divine suppleness and strength,

They know how to swim, row, ride, wrestle, shoot, run, strike,

   retreat, advance, resist, defend themselves,

They are ultimate in their own right- they are calm, clear, well-

   possess'd of themselves.



I draw you close to me, you women,

I cannot let you go, I would do you good,

I am for you, and you are for me, not only for our own sake, but for

   others' sakes,

Envelop'd in you sleep greater heroes and bards,

They refuse to awake at the touch of any man but me.



It is I, you women, I make my way,

I am stern, acrid, large, undissuadable, but I love you,

I do not hurt you any more than is necessary for you,

I pour the stuff to start sons and daughters fit for these States, I

   press with slow rude muscle,

I brace myself effectually, I listen to no entreaties,

I dare not withdraw till I deposit what has so long accumulated

   within me.



Through you I drain the pent-up rivers of myself,

In you I wrap a thousand onward years,

On you I graft the grafts of the best-beloved of me and America,

The drops I distil upon you shall grow fierce and athletic girls,

   new artists, musicians, and singers,

The babes I beget upon you are to beget babes in their turn,

I shall demand perfect men and women out of my love-spendings,

I shall expect them to interpenetrate with others, as I and you

   inter-penetrate now,

I shall count on the fruits of the gushing showers of them, as I

   count on the fruits of the gushing showers I give now,

I shall look for loving crops from the birth, life, death,

   immortality, I plant so lovingly now.






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I truly hope you feel better soon. Sometimes I wdoner if our bodies don't take on the "brunt" of the pain before we feel it. I don't know if that makes any sense- I have some nerve damage from my Spina Bifida and sometimes when I get tired and achey I wdoner if my body isn't working on healing something I'm not even aware of. I think it's true- our bodies are amazing things, and they deserve time and a chance to do their thing :) *huge hugs* x x

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I think you totally did extlacy what your body and your mind and your soul needed today...play and seek inner peace. And I think you accomplished that with this journal page.The shopping will get done as it always does. And if it doesn't? There are other days...Christmas is about sharing and being together. Little ones don't always understand that (even when they become big little ones!) so as long as I have my kids covered...the rest is icing and somehow always falls into place.It will happen in it's time and I know you will have everything you need ready to roll before Christmas. xoxox

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest


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I haven't written a poem for a long time, so i shan't esbrraams the world by trying now.I really like this i think we all get caught up looking for a moment when the world can be turned on its axis and everything changes: so much so that we sometimes miss the moments when things can really change xx x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest


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Happy Birthday Beau. Your love still grows strong.I don't see any nose prtnis, so he must not be to worried about that puppy on the other side.Those blue skies are to die for. Wanna send some my way?

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest


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That blue sky! *swoon* I saw a few rays of sunlight on my way home last night and thhuogt the trees were magical, it's been so long since I saw it! Your reflection pictures are fantastic, and I love that one of them by the trees.Some days we sure miss them more than others, don't we? Happy Birthday Beau!

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest


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Thank you for restating the poem for everybody who couldn't understand it the first time.

| Posted on 2010-04-25 | by a guest


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A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking,Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of the right man were lacking

| Posted on 2010-02-01 | by a guest




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