Lou Ella Hickman created “crossing” from “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman (1856). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Lou Ella writes:

I chose the poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman, which I found in Leaves of Grass.  I employed a word count technique which I have developed for writing found poems.  I chose the number five, which means I count for every five words and then list the fifth word on a separate page.  I did this for the entire first stanza.  Then using that list I pieced together this poem.