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Whitman List Poem, Theme 1: Nature

October 6, 2006

The following excerpt from “There was a Child went Forth” will be followed by a “List Poem” by Classes 5-303 and 5-302, entered one line at a time as “Comments” to this blog post.

Click the title of this post (Whitman List Poem, Theme 1: Nature) and scroll down to read through our list of poetry lines.

Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s There was a Child went Forth with a nature theme.

lilacsTHERE was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became;
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs, and the sow’s pink-faint litter, and the mare’s foal, and the cow’s calf,
rainforest And the noisy brood of the barn-yard, or by the mire of the pond-side,
And the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there—and the beautiful curious liquid,
And the water-plants with their graceful flat heads—all became part of him.
The field-sprouts of Fourth-month and Fifth-month became part of him;
Winter-grain sprouts, and those of the light-yellow corn, and the esculent roots of the garden,
And the apple-trees cover’d with blossoms, and the fruit afterward, and wood-berries, and the commonest weeds by the road;

44 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2006 1:20 pm

    I see a bush of all whole bunch of lady bugs orangeish,redish with black ladybugs and adult ones too.

    Kimberly, 5-303

  2. October 6, 2006 1:22 pm

    The fish swims, hoping to get the bread crumbs, not wanting the other fishes to get it. Like hungry foxes fighting over a dead rabbit.
    Simon, 5-303

  3. October 6, 2006 1:24 pm

    In Prospect Park the ground feels like a bed, the grass so smooth like a feather, and once it’s pulled out, it goes far away not knowing where would it go.

    Sylvia, 5-303

  4. October 6, 2006 1:31 pm

    The motion of the water was like a boat rocking back and
    fourth back and fourth. Every time I got deeper into the
    oceanit felt as if someone was grabbing my ankels to
    go foward.

    Kaitlyn, 5-303

  5. October 6, 2006 1:35 pm

    When you walk to the mountains you see less people and more wilderness, animals, and plants.
    Manuel, 5-303

  6. October 6, 2006 1:36 pm

    The first thing I saw was little chicks and a mom chicken,they were running around like they were playng tag.
    Aylin, 5-303

  7. October 6, 2006 1:40 pm

    I feel the wind hitting me.I see the moon rising and give me a good night sleep.

    Jordan, 5-303

  8. October 6, 2006 1:43 pm

    I saw thousands of flowers with bees trying to get honey.Then I saw more flowers like sunflowers, daisys, roses, tulips… There was a purple flower that smelled like lavender.

    Natalie, 5-303

  9. October 6, 2006 1:48 pm

    I was in the park walking down a path and saw a small round chipmunk the color of dead leaves.

    Oscar, 5-303

  10. October 6, 2006 1:48 pm

    Its getting cold .
    The leaves are falling of the trees.
    They fall in slow in slow motion.
    Angela, 5-303

  11. October 6, 2006 1:55 pm

    The leaves flickering to side, to side, again and again.
    Ashley, 5-303

  12. October 6, 2006 1:56 pm

    When I see roses they remind me of my heart.
    I see little dogs wearing their clothes.
    When I see dandilions,they remind me of the honey bees and all of their own honey.
    When it gets dark in the park,I could see stars and the shiny full moon.
    Veronica, 5-503

  13. PS 124 Student permalink
    October 6, 2006 2:02 pm

    Water moves swiftly and camly through the sea like a rocking chair. The water is cold and wet.
    James, 5-303

  14. October 6, 2006 2:06 pm

    At the zoo I see baby tigers sleepping in a flat ball by their mom’s side and the mom in a quarter-shaped moon around her cubs.
    Kristian, 5-303

  15. October 6, 2006 2:08 pm

    Looking at nature is wonderful
    Looking at the clouds full of happiness.
    Elizabeth, 5-303

  16. October 6, 2006 2:12 pm

    In the park i see a pond that has rocks init that look like
    little frozen fishes
    Leslie, 5-303

  17. October 6, 2006 2:13 pm

    The trunk was big and cylinder and brown. When you looked
    up all you saw was branches and green leaves.

    Jason, 5-303

  18. October 6, 2006 2:14 pm

    I see the water going down slowly and leaves falling down. In the water I see the moving slowly. Brids singing lowly and the sun shining so happy
    Lorena, 5-303

  19. October 10, 2006 4:01 pm

    Nature is a wonderful gift thing full of animals and plants
    Farrah, 5-302

  20. October 10, 2006 4:02 pm

    I look up at the sky and I see a beautiful blue
    sky, birds, and also white clouds and also green trees.
    Hyat, 5-302

  21. October 10, 2006 4:03 pm

    Nature is a wonderful gift.
    Farrah, 5-302

  22. October 10, 2006 4:04 pm

    I feel the wind in my hair it’s like if my my hair came a live and started danceing with the wind.
    Yenibel, 5-302

  23. October 10, 2006 4:04 pm

    The water shinslike a Dimond

  24. October 10, 2006 4:05 pm

    When I go to Red Hook I see trees and leaves
    Red, yellow, brown, green all those beautiful colors I see when I ride my bike.
    Carol, 5-302

  25. October 10, 2006 4:05 pm

    I see a tree fillied with wonderful animals entering the world I see new faces born it’s like magic I was so realaxed from my bueatiful sight.
    Christy, 5-302

  26. October 10, 2006 4:06 pm

    I’m on my bike I feel as if I’m in space
    then I see a beatuful apple tree.

    Ulices, 5-302

  27. October 10, 2006 4:06 pm

    Then they lose to us and we think we won the World Cup and they are crying because they lost the World Cup
    Marco, 5-302

  28. October 10, 2006 4:07 pm

    When I go camping with
    my family I
    like rolling
    down the
    hill with my
    2 dogs

    Justin, 5-302

  29. October 10, 2006 4:09 pm

    when I go to school it feels like a safe place ever since my dad moved and I felt alone but i still get to see him in summer and on vacations.

    Axel 5-302

  30. October 10, 2006 4:09 pm

    I ride my bike, it looks like driving a car.
    Jorge, 5-302

  31. October 10, 2006 4:10 pm

    The water shins like a Dimond.

    Carely 5-302

    The water shinslike a Dimond

  32. October 10, 2006 4:10 pm

    I love to go to Yellow stone national park, to
    watch old faithful(a guyser)

    Or watch the animals graze.

    Rebecca, 5-302

  33. October 10, 2006 4:10 pm

    When I went to Pennsylvania I saw my cousin and

    Edgard, 5-302

  34. October 10, 2006 4:11 pm

    Taking family pictures going on family vacations
    to L.A. or Mexico to see my grandmas and
    grandpas going to ride rollercoasters going to
    Las Vegas and then we have to leave

    Jimmy, 5-302

  35. October 10, 2006 4:13 pm

    I love to go on the monkey bars, (they are
    sometimes hard to handle.
    Summer, 5-302

  36. October 13, 2006 12:20 am

    The park is somewhere for kids to enjoy
    Farrah, 5-302

  37. October 15, 2006 2:29 am

    I like basketball’
    its like all things

    It makes me want to sing and dance.

    Abraham ps.45

  38. PS 124 Student permalink*
    October 19, 2006 8:02 pm

    I wake up in the morning, clear blue shy, with sun shining very happily.
    I also see lots of beautiful insects like ladybugs, catapillars,
    grasshoppers and bees, with the colors of green, red, black and yellow.

    Alyssa, 5-304

  39. October 24, 2006 6:09 pm

    I like to be doing something else other than being home all day. I wish I could go, to nature the clean air, seeing stars, telling storys. Such great place to be.

    Alex 4-308

  40. joe permalink
    January 3, 2007 7:34 pm

    these poems are cool!!!


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