toefu
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toefu asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

I'm looking for a poem by Walt Whitman.?

It includes the phrase, "So close that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Not by Walt Whitman, but is this what you are looking for?

    Pablo Neruda - Sonnet XVII

    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,

    Or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

    In secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in

    Itself the light of hidden flowers;

    Thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,

    Risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.

    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

    So I love you because I know no other way

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.

    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

    So I love you because I know no other way

    That this: where I does not exist, nor you,

    So close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

    So close that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it may actually be Pablo Neruda (who was influenced tremendously by Whitman, btw)

    Sonnet XVII

    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,

    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms

    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;

    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,

    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.

    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,

    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

    Pablo Neruda

  • cronin
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Whitman Patch

  • 1 decade ago

    It isnt by Whitman, that's why you can't find it. It's by Pablo Neruda. It was featured in the movie Patch Adams, beautifully read by Robin Williams. Pax - C

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  • mayer
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I Love You Straightforwardly

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I dont know that one, but I know a different one. It's from 'Song Of Myself'

    "I celebrate myself,

    And what I assume you shall assume,

    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

    I loaf and invite my soul,

    I lean and loaf at my ease...

    observing a spear of summer grass.

    I exist as I am, that is enough,

    If no other in the world be aware I sit content.

    One world is aware, and by far the largest to me,

    and that is myself,

    And wether I come to my own today

    or in ten thousand or ten million years,

    I can cheerfully take it now,

    or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.'

    I think its kinda confusing...

    Source(s): From a book.
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