In a meditation from the late summer of 1876, Whitman writes:
How strong, vital, enduring! how dumbly eloquent! What suggestions of imperturbability and being, as against the human trait of mere seeming. Then the qualities, almost emotional, palpably artistic, heroic, of a tree; so innocent and harmless, yet so savage. It is, yet says nothing.
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Whitman is speaking of a Tree
in its silent imperturbability..
While the seeming we experience
in observing a tree
displays change..both calm and violent
the tree and we..remain silent unchanged
in one essence of who we are...CC
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