I dream'd in a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the
whole of the rest of the earth,
I dream'd that was the new city of Friends,
Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love, it led
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
And in all their looks and words.
~Walt Whitman 1884
In December 2001 I was looking for something to send with my Christmas cards. I needed to find something that would put into words what I was feeling. I wanted to acknowledge what our city and our country was going through. Thankfully I came across Whitman's poem, I Dream'd In A Dream. I found tremendous hope in Whitman's words, they carried me for a long while after the attacks. This morning I was reading another Whitman poem on Writerquake's site in honor of September 11th. It reminded me to go look for mine.