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Sparkles from The Wheel

Sparkles from The Wheel

1
WHERE the city’s ceaseless crowd moves on, the live-long day,
Withdrawn, I join a group of children watching-I pause aside with them.

By the curb, toward the edge of the flagging,
A knife-grinder works at his wheel, sharpening a great knife;
Bending over, he carefully holds it to the stone-by foot and knee,
With measur’d tread, he turns rapidly-As he presses with light but firm hand,
Forth issue, then, in copious golden jets,
Sparkles from the wheel.

2
The scene, and all its belongings-how they seize and affect me!
The sad, sharp-chinn’d old man, with worn clothes, and broad shoulder-band of
leather;
Myself, effusing and fluid-a phantom curiously floating-now here absorb’d
and
arrested;

The group, (an unminded point, set in a vast surrounding;)
The attentive, quiet children-the loud, proud, restive base of the streets;
The low, hoarse purr of the whirling stone-the light-press’d blade,
Diffusing, dropping, sideways-darting, in tiny showers of gold,
Sparkles from the wheel.



Poem Sparkles from The Wheel - Walt Whitman