Thursday, August 26, 2010

"This is what you shall do..."

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body." -Walt Whitman from Preface to Leaves of Grass

4 Comments:

At August 26, 2010 at 10:12 AM , Blogger LucĂ© said...

Beautiful, my sweet grrrl. I love rolling around in your words. I'm so happy you're so happy.

 
At August 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

"I go everywhere to never die."

This phrase will reverberate in my car amongst P!nk lyrics and sips of coffee on my drives to work.

Your melodious phrase sings to me as it has permeated into my hazelnut creamer. Your dreams are my hopes. Your hopes my dreams come true.

 
At August 27, 2010 at 5:39 AM , Anonymous Janet said...

I love you and I love this: Leap and the Net Will Appear. Miss you. XOXO

 
At August 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Huron said...

A memory of a rest stop in Nebraska after stretching out in the grass along side the Platte River for 15 minutes of "rest". You near the river, probably dreaming of what would come next. A wonderful tribute to the summer of 2010 and a new adventure ahead.

 

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