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Leaves of Grass
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  • Exquisite senses, life-lit eyes, pluck, volition, Flakes of breast-muscle, pliant backbone and neck, flesh not flabby, good-sized arms and legs, And wonders within there yet.
  • …of fatherhood, From exultation, victory and relief, from the bedfellow’s embrace in the night, From the act-poems of eyes, hands, hips and bosoms, From the cling of the trembling arm, From the bending curve and the clinch, From side by side the pliant coverlet off-throwing, From the one so unwilling to have me leave, and me just as unwilling to leave, (Yet a moment O tender waiter, and I return,) From the hour of shining stars and dropping dews, From the night a moment I emerging…

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  • My mother look’d in delight and amazement at the stranger, She look’d at the freshness of her tall-borne face and full and pliant limbs, The more she look’d upon her she loved her, Never before had she seen such wonderful beauty and purity, She made her sit on a bench by the jamb of the fireplace, she cook’d food for her, She had no work to give her, but she gave her remembrance and fondness.

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as in: a pliant individual Define
able to adjust readily to different conditions or less commonly: susceptible to being led or directed
as in: a pliant material Define
capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
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