Monday, April 02, 2007

National Poetry Month


Since April is National Poetry Month, I've decided to post some old and new favorite poems throughout the month. I don't have time to post a new one every day, but I'll try for at least 1–2 per week. To start things off, our greatest poet, Walt Whitman, from Song of Myself:

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d;
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied—not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Robert said...

Such a great part of Song of Myself - second only in my mind to the part about the grass springing up from the graves.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Thank you for your visit & comment. You are quite right about the grave segment. I expect some more Whitman before the month is up.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Can't go wrong with Whitman & Dickinson...

5:20 PM  

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