The other day while trawling for books I came upon a biography of Walt Whitman, by Philp Callow. On the back cover was this Walt Whitman, I just had to share the work with you.




WALT WHITMAN - FROM THE PREFACE OF HIS - LEAVES OF GRASS 1855

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 towards the people take off your hat to nothing

known or unknown, or to any man or number of man or number of men

go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the

mothers of families - re-examine all you have been told in school or church

or in a book, and 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 silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes

and in every motion and joint of your body

 

Ken D. Williams

 

The Dyslexic Wordsmith Ov Thanet





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Written on 2023-04-19 at 11:12

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