When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts, the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the learned astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
Into the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars."
One of my favorite Walt Whitman poems! Everyone who has a short attention span (particularly in the classroom) should read this poem!