Rest and repair

Rest and repair

Some time after the war ended
           I had a paralytic stroke
which laid me low
           for many years

In 1876 I began to get over
           the worst of it
and from this date
           portions of several seasons
especially summers
           I spent at a secluded haunt
down in Camden county
           New Jersey

Timber Creek
           quite a little river :
it enters from the great Delaware
           twelve miles away
with primitive solitudes
           a winding stream
reclusive woody banks
           sweet-feeding springs
and all the charms
           that birds and grass
wild flowers and rabbits
           and squirrels and old oaks
and walnut trees
           can bring

Walt Whitman


Part of a poetic sequence adapted by John Lyons from Specimen Days (1882)