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Walt Whitman – If I could talk with the animals…

November 1, 2014

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so
      placid and self-contained. …
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania
      of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived
      thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

(from Song of Myself, Stanza 32 [1855])

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