Full of Life, Now

FULL of life, now, compact, visible,


I, forty years old the Eighty-third Year of The States,


To one a century hence, or any number of centuries hence,


To you, yet unborn, these, seeking you.



When you read these, I, that was visible, am become invisible;


Now it is you, compact, visible, realizing my poems, seeking me;


Fancying how happy you were, if I could be with you, and become your comrade;


Be it as if I were with you. (Be not too certain but I am now with you.)

(Walt. Whitman)