A Slice of Whitman

What follows is an eloquent piece of writing. It is heartfelt. It is beautiful and inspiring. It is in my opinion very share worthy. Enjoy!


Life is Wonderful! ~SBI

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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 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 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


Happy Birthday Mr. Whitman!

Walt Whitman: 10 quotes on his birthday (csmonitor.com)

Every writer should read Walt Whitman (ericmralph.com)

Leaves of Grass (e book) By Walt Whitman (gutenberg.org)


9 thoughts on “A Slice of Whitman

  1. Such a beautiful photo to go with Whitman’s inspiring words. Whenever I am feeling stuck in my life, when I am wondering what in the world I am doing, I hope I will remember that I am making my “very flesh” into a poem. Well done, SBI!

    • Hey Janet: Thanks. I was happy to share. Whitman is one of my favorites.
      I love the idea of one’s life being art….and why shouldn’t it be?
      Always great to see you my friend. I hope you are well.

  2. 🙂 I had no idea it was Whitman’s birthday. This is a wonderful reminder, Nancy… I just love your photograph, and Whitman has been an inspiration for years 🙂

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