Chris DeBlasio: Walt Whitman in 1989

Our dear friend Chris DeBlasio departed this world much too soon. But his music lives on.

From the song cycle, All the Way Through Evening

Words by Perry Brass:

Walt Whitman has come down today
To the hospital room
He rocks back and forth in the crisis
He says, it's good we haven't lost our closeness
And cries as each one is taken
He has written many lines about these years
The disfigurement of young men
And the wars of hard tongues and closed minds
The body in pain will bear such nobility
But words have the edge of poison
When spoken bitterly
Now he takes a dying man in his arms 
And tells him:

How deeply flows the river
That takes the old man and his friends this evening
It is the river of dusk and lamentation
Flow, Walt says, dear river
I will carry this young man to your bank
I'll put him myself on one of your strong platforms
And we'll sail together all the way through evening.


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