Inspiration from Walt Whitman
I put this poem up on my mirror in Graduate School so that I would encounter it every morning. It is stuffed now in the front of my journal so that it falls out every time I write – it is a reminder for my hope of becoming a great poem.
This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and 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…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.
~ Walt Whitman ~
(Excert from Preface to 1855 edition, Leaves of Grass)