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Walt Whitman at about Fifty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walt Whitman Poems: The Last Invocation


The Last Invocation


At the last, tenderly,

From the walls of the powerful fortress’d house,

From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed


Let me be wafted.


Let me glide noiselessly forth;

With the key of softness unlock the locks – with a whisper,

Set ope the doors O soul.


Tenderly – be not impatient,

(Strong is your hold O mortal flesh,

Strong is your hold O love.)


Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)



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