In Former Songs


…from the quills of the dead white poets



Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)


In former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful Life,


But here I twine the strands of Patriotism and Death.


And now, Life, Pride, Love, Patriotism and Death,


To you, O FREEDOM, purport of all!


(You that elude me most – refusing to be caught in songs of mine,)


I offer all to you.



‘Tis not for nothing, Death,


I sound out you, and words of you, with darling tone – embodying you,


In my new Democratic chants – keeping you for a close,


Foe my last impregnable retreat – a citadel and tower,


For my last stand – my pealing, final cry.


About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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