From Walt Whitman
's Leaves of Grass
, interrogating? why myself and all drowsing?
What deepening twilight
— scum floating atop of the waters,
Who are they as bats and night-dogs askant in the capitol?
What a filthy Presidentiad! (O South, your torrid suns! O North, your arctic freezings!)
Are those really Congressmen? are those the great Judges? is that the President
Then I will sleep awhile yet, for I see that these States
sleep, for reasons;
(With gathering murk, with muttering thunder and lambent shoots we all duly awake,
South, North, East, West, inland and seaboard, we will surely awake