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Broad Axe Poem

BROAD-AXE, shapely, naked, wan!

Head from the mother's bowels drawn!

Wooded flesh and metal bone! limb only one and
lip only one!

Gray-blue leaf by red-heat grown! helve produced
from a little seed sown!

Resting, the grass amid and upon,

To be leaned, and to lean on.

-Whitman