Walt Whitman is the Poet of the Week, because he is exactly what the United States requires at the moment: a gay, white-bearded, former Civil War army nurse poet who speaks for everyone--man, woman, child, African American, Native American, Hispanic American, Arab American, Christian, Muslim, atheist, Republican, Democrat, socialist, communist, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian.
Saint Marty sings Walt's body electric.
by: Walt Whitman
Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair’d in the adamant of Time.