Friday, May 7, 2010

Whitman for the Weekend

"Have you practis'd so long to learn to read?
Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?
Stop this day and night with me
and you shall possess the origin of all poems . . ."

from Song of Myself #2

Decorative Placard, New York City

For Mother's Day:
Women sit or move to and fro, some old, some young.
The young are beautiful
-- but the old are more beautiful than the young."
from By the Roadside

For Now:
"I have heard what the talkers were talking,
the talk of the beginning and the end,
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.
There was never any more inception than there is now.

Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now."
from Song of Myself #3

All passages from Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman, 1819 - 1892
American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist

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