Sunday, November 04, 2007

Preface to Leaves of Grass


Photo Credit: Fred First, "Bend in the Road"

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 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 or families,
re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
and dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
and your very flesh shall be a great poem....

~ Walt Whitman ~
(from the Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition)

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