Monday, September 5, 2011


I HEAR AMERICA SINGING

~ Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day-at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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16 comments:

Donnie said...

That was really lovely. Happy Labor Day.

Wanda..... said...

Lovely!

ain't for city gals said...

I was reading this and thinking this is really nice ..wonder made Jenny think of it?..then read the first comment...duh..lol...Happy Labor Day is right!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy Labor Day!

Theresa said...

I hear America singing too:) Lovely tunes! Have a blessed Labor Day! HUGS!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

And a Happy Labor Day to you Jenny!

Amy said...

I love that! Happy Labor Day.

☆☆Mumsy said...

Happy Labor Day, and enjoy your time with family!

Stef said...

Love this. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to hear Jen Matlock siging the sighs of her popular blog. NExt year, right.

Sue said...

Perfect Labor Day poem! Thanks, Jenny.

=)

Vicki/Jake said...

And what true words...Thanks Jenny, stay cool:)

Dazee Dreamer said...

That was awesome. Happy Labor Day.

Ms. A said...

I'm late, but I hope you had a good one!

Gattina said...

I have never heard a shoemaker singing, because there are none anymore and for the rest of the workers, I think they have no reason to sing anymore ! That was a real nice poeme of the past !
But I suppose there are still people singing under the shower ! lol !

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, this is great Jenny.
God Bless America!!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Wonderful post. All of those songs, blended together make America beautiful. laurie