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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)

4 Responses to “Inspiration from Walt Whitman”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Whitman is a nice touch.

  2. Lael Says:

    Well, I have to say that I like riches, I don’t like giving money to people, I am scared of the crazy, I don’t want to give my money I earn away, and I try to have patience but sometimes it doesn’t work out very well. ..

  3. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for writing Jeff, I appreciate you taking the time and giving me a push to get started. I keep hoping to get a discussion going on the site – maybe as more of the folks read the books I will get some more responses? Hope your cruise is going well and not on stormy seas. Adam says that is a cormorant drying it’s wings out on the Lake. The loons have moved on

  4. Patricia Says:

    Lael, I think you are right about many of these things, but then maybe your goal is not to become a poem? Maybe your goal is to give in other ways? You do know how to make folks feel good with your bright and sunny spirits. I keep hoping you will get back to playing the piano – you have a gift there and it is a wonderful gift to share with others. I sure do appreciate your comments and you helpful endeavors.