17.

Can you imagine Whitman
in the heart of this storm
watching his America
reenact the arguments
of his time
with weapons of such
phenomenal power and scope?

Can you see Uncle Walt
in the glow of his laptop
back-lit keyboard wet
with tears
as his captain, o captain!
subverts the multitudes
and “frees” the gays

by protecting the business community
that prefers to discriminate?
Not even consoled by the notion
that his beard is on point?
Not mollified by the sheer abundance
of wonder and beauty in today’s songs?

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