Thursday, October 9, 2014

31.8 :: As I Walk

AS I WALK, SOLITARY, UNATTENDED (Walk Whitman)
AS I walk, solitary, unattended,
Around me I hear that eclat of the world—politics,
produce,
The announcements of recognized things—science,
The approved growth of cities, and the spread of
inventions.

I see the ships, (they will last a few years,)
The vast factories, with their foremen and workmen,
And hear the indorsement of all, and do not object
to it.

But we too announce solid things;
Science, ships, politics, cities, factories, are not nothing
—they serve,
They stand for realities—all is as it should be.

Then my realities;
What else is so real as mine?
Libertad, and the divine average—Freedom to every
slave on the face of the earth,
The rapt promises and luminĂ© of seers—the spiritual
world—these centuries-lasting songs,
And our visions, the visions of poets, the most solid
announcements of any.

For we support all,
After the rest is done and gone, we remain;
There is no final reliance but upon us;
Democracy rests finally upon us, (I, my brethren,
begin it,)
And our visions sweep through eternity.


1 comment:

  1. So beautiful! The photos, the words, all of it. Thank you for the inspiration.

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