After Reading “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” by Walt Whitman

PEI Brackley Beach

The wind where the waves meet the shore
Perpetually whispering songs—subtle and varied
Yet all sung to the exact same tune
Dear Walt you heard it chanting
Death Death Death Death Death
But I heard it ceaselessly sing death’s prelude

Even from an age before I knew
What this song was or would or could be
Lying naked in the dunes
The sun warming my soft skin
The breeze by turns cooling it
Raising shivers of unknown excitement

The sea whispered to me
The wind caressed me
The sand enfolded me
There on the border between child and man
At the edge of the ocean
Beneath the day’s single solitary star

But the night sky would have myriad stars
An endless host of men shining dark
Spiralling eternally above me
Their firm hands would subdue me
Their hard cocks would enter me
Their hot cum would fill me

Wave after night wave crashing
Grabbing releasing caressing
Night swimming green phosphorescence
Playing across our naked bodies
Far out at sea a thunderstorm threatened
But we were deaf to its warning

Oh Walt your song of sea death in the end
Raised terrible its voice and our world
Scattered, strewn with the dust of our departed
To the wind to the waves to the salt of the sea
To the stain of our tears to the dance of our dirges
To the edge of the world urging us ever on and on and on


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