O, Living Always, Always Dying
by Walt Whitman
O Living always—always dying!
O the burials of me, past and present!
O me, while I stride ahead, material, visible, imperious as ever!
O me, what I was for years, now dead, (I lament not—I am content;)
O to disengage myself from those corpses of me, which I turn and look at, where I cast them! 5
To pass on, (O living! always living!) and leave the corpses behind!