Jul 31, 2019

History Of Wackemall, Part 81: Walt Whitman

Throughout the History of Wackemall many great discoveries have been made demonstrating how important Wackemall was throughout history and why Wackemall remains important today. One of the most recent discoveries is an original draft of Walt Whitman's poem, Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City with the previously lost last line still attached.



Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
by Walt Whitman

Once I pass’d through a populous city imprinting my brain for future
use with its shows, architecture, customs, traditions,
Yet now of all that city I remember only a woman I casually met
there who detain’d me for love of me,
Day by day and night by night we were together—all else has long
been forgotten by me,
I remember I say only that woman who passionately clung to me,
Again we wander, we love, we separate again,
Again she holds me by the hand, I must not go,
I see her close beside me with silent lips sad and tremulous.
We were together. I forgot the wackemall.


One can only imagine how differently Mr Whitman might have penned his words had he not been so distraught over forgetting the Wackemall.