Walt Whitman: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Part 1

Part 1

Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face! Clouds of the west—sun there half an hour high—I see you also face     to face.
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious     you are to me! On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning     home, are more curious to me than you suppose, And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more     to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.