This poem almost needs no commentary. But I would say that its simplicity and lack of affectation – and its directness – are notable..
And that Whitman speaks to me. Personally. To my personal thoughts and observations.
I find myself observing unhappiness and worse in the course of the days and passing time. . Human suffering and degradation that one hears or reads about; and situations that produce such feelings in persons of my acquaintance. And besides suffering, regrets and remorse.
— Roger W. Smith