Florida: Essays and Poems


Orange Buds by Mail from Florida

by Walt Whitman
Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1882
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Whitman, W. (1882). Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia, PA: Rees Welsh and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 3.5
  • Word Count: 67
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida, growth, seeds, transportation
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A lesser proof than old Voltaire's, yet greater,
Proof of this present time, and thee, thy broad expanse, America,
To my plain Northern hut, in outside clouds and snow,
Brought safely for a thousand miles o'er land and tide,
Some three days since on their own soil live-sprouting,
Now here their sweetness through my room unfolding,
A bunch of orange buds by mail from Florida.