Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
What is it, then, between us?
What is the count of the scores or hundreds of years
Whatever it is, it avails not-distance avails not, and place
I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine,
I too walk'd the streets of Manhattan island, and bathed in
the waters around it,
I too felt the curious abrupt questionings stir within me,
In the day among crowds of people sometimes they came upon me,
In my walks home late at night, or as I lay in my bed, they came
I too had been struck from the float forever held in solution,
I too had receiv'd identity by my body,
That I was I knew was of my body, and what I should be I
knew I should be of my body.
from "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman