Excerpt from Calamus Lovers
SPAN OF YOUTH! EVER-PUSHED ELASTICITY!
Span of youth! Ever-pushed elasticity!
Manhood balanced and florid and full!
My lovers suffocate me!
Crowding my lips, and thick in the pores of my skin,
Justling me through streets and public halls--coming naked to me at night
Crying by day Ahoy from the rocks of the river--swinging and chirping
over my head
Calling my name from flowerbeds or vines or tangled underbrush,
Or while I swim in the bath--or drink from the pump at the corner--
or the curtain is down at the opera--or I glimpse a man's face in the
Lighting on every moment of my life,
Bussing my body with soft and balsamic busses,
Noiselessly passing handfuls out of their hearts and giving them to be mine.
[from "Song of Myself," Section 45]