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Apr 14

This is what you shall do:

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2008 in Philosophy, Poems and things, Quickie, Something to think about

Here is something I Stumbled upon that pleased the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.  I hope it pleases yours too.

This is what you shall do:  Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labour to others, hate tyrants… 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 at 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


Bring on the comments

  1. Brianf says:

    He was a wise man.

  2. *sighs contentedly*

  3. I’m totally in awe of such wordcraft. I also love that e e cummings poem, the one that goes… ‘somewhere I have never travelled’.
    Bee yootiful.

  4. Me too. My tiny neck hairs are also moved to shimmy by such beautiful words and feeling. They deserve to be savoured.

  5. Not my neck hairs, the beautiful words.

  6. Mary Witzl says:

    Wow: I was right in the middle of this and said to myself that it sounded a little like Walt Whitman. And then lo and behold, it turns out that it WAS Walt Whitman! He was way ahead of his times, wasn’t he?

    I love that part ‘dismiss whatever insults your own soul.’ If only we could all do that, eh?

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