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Native Moments

NATIVE moments! when you come upon me-Ah you are here now!
Give me now libidinous joys only!
Give me the drench of my passions! Give me life coarse and rank!
To-day, I go consort with nature’s darlings-to-night too;
I am for those who believe in loose delights-I share the midnight orgies of young men;
I dance with the dancers, and drink with the drinkers;
The echoes ring with our indecent calls;
I take for my love some prostitute-I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate-he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds
done;
I will play a part no longer-Why should I exile myself from my companions?
O you shunn’d persons! I at least do not shun you,
I come forthwith in your midst-I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than to any of the rest.


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Poem Native Moments - Walt Whitman