To a Common Prostitute
by Walt Whitman
Be composed – be at case with me – I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature,
Not till the sun excludes you do I exclude you,
Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you,
do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you.
My girl I appoint with you an appointment, and I charge you that you make preparation
to be worthy to meet me,
And I charge you that you be patient and perfect till I come.
Till then I salute you with a significant look that you do not forget me.
Three Calamus Poems
Composer(s): Ned Rorem
Song(s): 1. Of Him I Love Day and Night
2. I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
3. To a Common Prostitute