We'll close out National Poetry Month (USA anyway) with stamps honoring poetry and/or poets.
He was born on Long Island NY in 1819, and died in 1892. Poets.org has a nice short biography and links to some of his well-know poems. He is known for Leaves of Grass but I like the following excerpt from Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking:
When the lilac-scent was in the air and Fifth-month grass was growing,
Up this seashore in some briers,
Two feather'd guests from Alabama, two together,
And their nest, and four light-green eggs spotted with brown,
And every day the he-bird to and fro near at hand,
And every day the she-bird crouch'd on her nest, silent, with bright eyes,
And every day I, a curious boy, never too close, never disturbing them,
Cautiously peering, absorbing, translating.
Shine! shine! shine!
Pour down your warmth, great sun!
While we bask, we two together.
Winds blow south, or winds blow north,
Day come white, or night come black,
Home, or rivers and mountains from home,
Singing all time, minding no time,
While we two keep together.
Join me and share your stamps.
Theme next week (by suggestion): transportation: planes, trains, and automobiles.