I Hear America Sighing (Sequel to Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing”)


I hear America sighing, the different moans I hear

Those of teachers, each one sighing as it should be strong

The secretary sighing with redundancy

The programmer sighing, repeating abstractions

The clerk sighs into the screen

The investor sighs only after laughter

The delicious sighing of the rich!

The wealthy and their woeful worries

Sighing with closed eyes

Each sigh belongs to everyone

As each day no longer is itself

But belongs to every other day as well

The executive sighing with sealed shut eyes

Blind to life and serendipity

21 thoughts on “I Hear America Sighing (Sequel to Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing”)

    1. They were contemporaries, so let me correct myself, one of the two first great American poets. Certainly they were the two greatest of the 19th century. Although I’d argue that Whitman was more influential on 20th century American poets, as many have called him the father of free verse.

      1. Not trying to be contentious or anything but, Whitman was America’s greatest poet, better than Poe, I’ll elaborate just a little. Walt gave America a voice, Poe, along with other American writers of the 19th century, emulated European writers. Whitman was distinct from all of that, and he made free verse legitimate as an expressive form. I know you like Poe, so I’m not trying to start anything, just clarifying my view on the matter.

  1. I hear the world sighing, the reasons they do not know. :) This just shows how much discontent is harbored within us while playing on a famous poets views and contending them!

    1. Yes, but to make myself clear I am not contending with the great Walt Whit. That’s why I called it a sequel and not a response. Walt was talking about the beauty of seeing and hearing hard working Americans that worked with their hands. In the 21st century, this is becoming less and less the case, as people sit at their computers and work abstractly in an alienated, highly competitive atmosphere. I agree with Whitman, and I feel like he would be sad to see the state of our society and our people today.

      1. Me, too! ❤ you!

        Happy Xmas, Sean.

        All the VERY best to you and yours now and always…

        Plus? I Love you. Again? Still? *shrug*

        I kiss you. You’re beautiful.✨💋

  2. I like your response to WW. I am reading Much Ado About Nothing right now. There is a song in it: Sigh No More My Ladies–This same song inspired Mumford and Sons song Sigh No More. This has gotten me thinking about the art of sighing, and all the ways we use this expression in our lives. This post was very timely for me. Thanks!

    1. Haven’t read Much Ado in years, but now that you mention it, I remember that song. Interesting factoid about sighing you brought up. I’m glad to have coincidentally been relevant to your current sighing streak, and thanks for the reply Michael.

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