Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

O Hymen! O Hymenee! - Poem by Walt Whitman


O HYMEN! O hymenee!
Why do you tantalize me thus?
O why sting me for a swift moment only?
Why can you not continue? O why do you now cease?
Is it because, if you continued beyond the swift moment, you would
soon certainly kill me?


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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