A Persian Lesson – 1
Has estray wander’d far? Is the reason-why strangely hidden?
Would you sound below the restless ocean of the entire world?
Would you know the dissatisfaction? The urge and spur of every life:
The something never still’d – never entirely gone? The invisible need of every seed?
It is the central urge in every atom,
(Often unconscious, often evil, downfallen)
To return to its divine source and origin, however distant,
Latent in its subject and object,
Without one exception.
– Walt Whitman