THIS moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone,
It seems to me there are other men in other lands yearning and
It seems to me I can look over and behold them in Germany,
Italy, France, Spain,
Or far, far away, in China, or in Russia or Japan, talking other
And it seems to me if I could know those men I should become
attached to them as I do to men in my own lands,
O I know we should be brethren and lovers,
I know I should be happy with them.
From ; The “Calamus” a cluster of poems in Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. These poems celebrate and promote “the manly love of comrades“. Most critics believe that these poems are Whitman’s clearest expressions in print of his ideas about homosexual love.