May 31, 2013

For Mr. Whitman's Birthday...

From Song of the Open Road (emphasis mine)

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently,but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.
I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine.

I am larger, better than I thought,
I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems beautiful to me,
I can repeat over to men and women You have done such good to me I would do the same to you,
I will recruit for myself and you as I go,
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,
I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,
Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,
Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.


  1. I like your emphasis lines.

    Here's a poem dear to me- similar in feeling:

    Think ya hotter than me? YALL STUPID
    Ain't no doubt about it I'm the UNDISPUTED
    Lyrical champion, dough I stack it
    My verse crazy I write with stray jackets
    You can't hack it, some try to backstab
    I drive by them haters while they try to flag cabs
    Hate to brag but fuck it why shouldn't I
    'Gini with the top off, why wouldn't I

    -Lil Kim "Rock On Wit Yo Bad Self"

    It's that kind of day in my iPod. You're welcome.


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