Monday Night Poetry

Song of Myself #48

I have said that the soul is not more than the body,

And I have said that the body is not more than the soul,

And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one’s own self is,

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his funeral drest in his shroud,

And I or you pocketless of a dime may purchase the pick of the earth,

And to glance with an eye or show a bean in its pod counfounds the learning of all times,

And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero,

And there is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheel’d universe,

And I say to any man or woman, Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

And I say to Mankind, Be not curious about God,

For I who am curious about each am not curious about God,

(no array of terms can say how much I am at peace about God and about death)

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least,

Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.

Why should I wish to see God better than this day?

I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,

In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass,

I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign’d by God’s name,

And I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoe‘er I go,

Others will punctually come for ever and ever

–Walt Whitman

 

*Emphasis added by me in the hopes that the line will burrow its way into your heart the way it has mine.  If I could work that line into my next tattoo in a discreet and cool way I’m totally going to.  That is all.*

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  1. Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.

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